Africa: Abortion

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered am ar 9 Chwefror 2024.

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Photo of Lord Jackson of Peterborough Lord Jackson of Peterborough Ceidwadwyr

To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of public monies paid to Marie Stopes International to subsidise abortions carried out in (1) Kenya, and (2) each of the other African nations, over the past ten years; from what budget this was allocated; which Ministers authorised it; and what proportion of the total of UK aid delivered for these procedures in each of these countries such expenditure through Marie Stopes represented.

Photo of Lord Benyon Lord Benyon The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We report spend in line with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development and Assistance Committee sector codes which do not track spend specifically for abortion services which are part of a wider package of women's healthcare. FCDO support to safe abortion services is within what is permitted by national laws, as well as providing life-saving treatment for women who have had unsafe abortions.

MSI Reproductive choices is an important partner for the FCDO's comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) work, including on our Women's Integrated Sexual Health Programme in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The FCDO annually reports on Official Development Assistance (ODA) expenditure via the Statistics on International Development publications [https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-on-international-development]. All of our programmatic spend data can be found on the Devtracker website [https://devtracker.fcdo.gov.uk/]

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