Developing Countries: Abortion

Department for International Development written question – answered on 9th October 2018.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference the announcement of £200 million of funding for the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) programme, how much of that funding will be spent on abortion provision and related activities; which countries that spending will be targeted at; and what estimate she has made of how much will be spent in each such country.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

As the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health programme will provide integrated sexual and reproductive services, we cannot provide a specific figure for the amount of funding that will be spent on comprehensive and safe abortion care. As the programme promotes an integrated approach to avoid unintended pregnancy, this will reduce the number of abortions that are sought. WISH will operate in 24 African and 3 Asian Countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, DR. Congo, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

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