Overseas Aid: Family Planning

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th December 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of official development assistance to be spent in fragile states will be allocated to family planning and safe abortion services.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The UK Government are committed to reducing maternal mortality in the developing world. While we do not promote abortion as a method of family planning, one of the leading causes of maternal death is unsafe abortion. The World Health Organisation estimates that nearly 70,000 women die each year following unsafe abortion. We are committed to bringing this number down, including in fragile states.

The primary mechanism for allocating the Department for International Development's (DfID's) funding will be the ongoing bilateral aid review, which has included equality impact assessments. Through the bilateral aid review, DfID country offices have been required to define clear, measurable commitments to improve maternal health. Once the outcomes of the review are finalised, decisions on the allocation of resources, including for fragile states, will be made.

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