Written Question on Developing Countries: Abortion

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Date Title Questioner
9 Oct 2018, 11:21 a.m. Rt Hon Sir Edward Leigh MP (Conservative - Gainsborough) Rt Hon Sir Edward Leigh MP (Conservative - Gainsborough)

Question to the Department for International Development

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.

Answer (Harriett Baldwin)

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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