Four European nations will host an international meeting next month aimed at countering President Donald Trump's order that blocks US funding for charities that provide abortion-related services.
Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden will lead the March 2 meeting in Brussels, said Isabella Lovin, the Swedish minister for international development cooperation, on Thursday.
"We shall mobilize political and financial support and show there is a counter force to the troubling trend we see in the United States and other parts of the world," she said.
About 50 countries, as well as representatives for groups that offer information and counselling on abortion and reproductive health, were invited to the conference with the theme "She Decides."
One of the goals is to raise funds for organizations affected by a financial shortfall in the wake of the US decision. The Dutch government has already pledged 10 million euros (10.6 million dollars).
Trump's executive order bars international non-governmental organizations from receiving US aid if they provide abortion services, including counseling and referrals to abortion providers.
Unsafe abortions are a major cause of maternal mortality and public health advocates around the world have warned that the reversal will have grave consequences.
The order was first announced by president Ronald Reagan in 1984 and has been reversed and reinstated by successive administrations.