Life is outraged at the announcement today, by International Development Secretary Priti Patel, that the Government will increase its aid for family planning and abortion services by 25% costing the taxpayer over £1.1 billion.
Ms Patel announced at the Family Planning Summit being held in London today that the Government will shell out £225 million per year, over the next five years. Ms Patel later confirmed this sum would include the provision of ‘safe abortion’ in developing countries.
Director of Education, Anne Scanlan, said:
“This is absolutely shocking. A recent ComRes poll showed that 65% of the public oppose UK taxpayer money being spent on abortions overseas. The public should be outraged that at a time when doctors and nurses pay rises are being capped, DFID is signing away £1 billion to pay for abortions in developing countries. It beggars belief.
Rather than increasing aid for sanitation, education or emergency relief, the Department for International Development is only interested in furthering the pro-abortion lobby’s agenda.
Women’s empowerment internationally will come when women can continue with their pregnancy because of proper practical support targeted at improving their economic situation and lifting them out of poverty. It will not be through the termination of their unborn children by a global industry which profits from the plight of women in crisis at the expense of British taxpayers.
We call on the Government not to proceed with this new support for the family planning and abortion industry and to instead pursue global initiatives to support women in pregnancy”.