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Developing Countries: Abortion

Department for International Development written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Chair, European Scrutiny Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many unsafe abortions were averted in each country by programmes funded by her Department since 2011; how many unsafe abortions took place in those countries before those programmes started; and if she will publish the methodology used to calculate those statistics.

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)

This information is not available. It is however possible to model, for illustrative purposes, the number of abortions prevented by improved access to family planning specifically. Between April 2017 and March 2018, we estimate UK aid reached at least 14 million total women and girls with family planning, preventing 1.2 million unsafe abortions.

Our methodology is explained in the first footnote to the Family Planning page at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dfid-results-sector-pages-2017-to-2018-single-department-plan

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