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Syria

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th November 2014.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make representations to the European Commission to ensure that European Union policy and practice enable women and girls raped during the armed conflict in Syria to have access to safe abortions in accordance with international humanitarian law.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The UK is in regular dialogue with other EU bilateral donors and the European Commission to protect and promote women’s and girls’ access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services. This includes safe abortion services in line with our policy on safe and unsafe abortion. The UK remains one of only a handful of international donors willing to tackle this highly sensitive issue.

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