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Developing Countries: Abortion

International Development written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will commission research on the proportion of aid disbursed to each recipient country to (a) promote, (b) facilitate and (b) perform abortions.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

The Government have no such plans. It is not possible to disaggregate UK aid spending for safe abortion from wider expenditure on areas such as reproductive health care, maternal and neonatal health and health personnel development. This is because the Department for International Development (DFID) works to improve access to effective and integrated health services.

It is a major priority for the UK Government to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to modern family planning methods and promoting women's choice, in the developing world. Safe abortion reduces recourse to unsafe abortion and saves maternal lives. Each year 65-70,000 women die following unsafe abortion. DFID's policy position on safe abortion is set out in the practice paper "Safe and unsafe abortion", which will be placed in the Library of the House.

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