Kenya: 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 to 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 are estimated to be funded by that project.

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)

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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