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WaterAid's position on population growth

22 January 2014

There are question marks over WaterAid's position on population control and abortifacient contraceptives

WaterAid UK was founded in 1981 in response to the United Nations Decade of Drinking Water and Sanitation. WaterAid says that it "deal[s] solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues."

In July 2012 WaterAid issued a statement congratulating the UK government for organising a London Summit on Family Planning, co-organised by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The summit aimed to promote the provision of contraceptives, including hormonal contraceptives that can act abortifaciently. This summit was strongly supported by international pro-abortion organisations such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Marie Stopes International (MSI), and Ipas.

In its statement, WaterAid stated: "contraception is indeed a critical factor for family planning." In an email in December to a SPUC supporter, WaterAid supported the alleged need for a reduction in population growth in the developing world. [SPUC, 22 January]

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