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UK to spend over a BILLION pounds of aid money on family planning and overseas abortion

11 July 2017


International Development Minister Priti Patel confirmed the money would be used for "safe abortions". 

The Department for International Development (DFID) has announced that the UK will spend over a billion pounds on family planning in the next five years, including access to "safe abortions".

International Development Secretary Priti Patel said at a Family Planning Summit being held today in London that the UK Government’s spending on family planning will be an average of £225 million per year until 2022 - an additional £45 million a year‎ for 5 years. Ms Patel later confirmed this sum would include the provision of 'safe abortion' in developing countries.

Exporting abortion overseas

Britain is already the second biggest funder of family planning programmes in the world - in the last five years it has given Marie Stopes International alone £163.01 million. This is despite a recent ComRes poll showing that 65% of the public oppose UK taxpayer money being spent on abortions overseas.

The London Summit is co-hosted by Ms Patel, Melinda Gates (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and Natalia Kanem (UN Population Fund – UNFPA).The summit is focusing on providing contraception, but last week bpas insisted that "the answer to unsafe abortion is not contraception, it is safe abortion...Family planning is contraception and abortion."

Who's asking for family planning?

The summit has been using the figure of 214 million women who are in need of contraception. However, as Obianuju Ekeocha of Culture of Life Africa told BBC World News, there is a difference between unmet need and unmet demand. She also talks about how Western countries funding abortion and contraception as a means of alleviating poverty is a form of "ideological colonisation". 

 

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Comments (6)
  • Eileen

    11 July 2017, 6:24pm

    Very well done Uju for standing up for African women so eloquently. The BBC viewers will now be much more educated on this important issue thanks to you. You are a star!

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  • John Blore

    11 July 2017, 7:34pm

    I am proud that our government is committed to overseas aid, but sickened that they are funding abortions from this pot.

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  • Sue Jamieson

    15 July 2017, 12:07am

    I lik what you call it Obianuju, 'Idealogical Colonisation', To have contraception and abortion materials thrown at you and told to use them but you re still crying out for basic healthcare, food, clean water and access to education. The whole issue makes me sick because access to contraception and abortion is no cure for poverty. I pray that you keep speaking out against this western injustice Obianuju.

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  • Rhiannon Cherry

    15 July 2017, 8:20pm

    Very well put Uju. You're absolutely right it is the West enforcing their ideals and solutions on Africa when that is not what they want or need. Two very different cultures, two very different priorities, two very different requirements. As for injecting women with artificial hormones without informing them of the potential side-effects!!! It's totally inhumane and is basically treating them like cattle! Just get an implant or an IUD in them and it'll solve all their problems! How arrogant!!!!

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  • Allen Murphy

    18 July 2017, 4:16pm

    The office of Patti Patel denied the report and said it was not the position of the U.K. govt.

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  • SPUC

    18 July 2017, 4:18pm

    @Allen Murphy, this story was mostly taken from an official press release by Priti Patel and DfID - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-to-save-a-womans-life-every-90-minutes-by-increasing-family-planning-support

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