Kenya: Abortion

Department for International Development written question – answered on 18th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement of £36 million of funding for family planning in Kenya, how much of that funding will be spent on abortion provision and related activities; and how many abortion procedures they estimate will be funded by the project.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The main focus of the ‘Delivering Sustainable and Equitable Increases in Family Planning in Kenya’ programme is to support increased access to modern family planning services. Abortion services will be supported by the programme within the parameters set out in the Kenyan Constitution. Article 26(4) of the Kenyan Constitution states that, ‘Abortion is not permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger or if permitted by any other written law’. We have no breakdown of funding for any abortion provision, or estimate of the number of procedures because this is a new programme, and the procurement of the implementing partner is underway.

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