On the 13th of July the UK Chamber of Deputies [também chamada de Câmara dos Comuns], approved the cut of international aid from 0.7% to 0.5% of the country’s income. There were 333 votes in favor of 298 against. This budget also includes the financing of abortions in developing countries.
This means that the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) program, which works with abortion providers such as MSI Reproductive Choices (now Marie Stopes International) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) will receive no funding in the next year. In value, IPPF will lose approximately 43 million pounds.
Three days after the vote, the IPPF announced sending a letter to the British government, contesting the decision and threatening to sue him if he does not reverse his position.
According to IPPF, the cuts – which the institution considers illegal – “will have a catastrophic impact on millions of vulnerable people around the world, especially women and young people who have been handed over to a bleak and uncertain future.”
The organization also regrets that “without further funding it will be forced to close services in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Uganda, Nepal and Lebanon and nine more countries, withdrawing support for health services. of approximately 4,500 service delivery points around the world.” In other words, the suspension of services ranging from contraceptive measures to abortion.
Reduction was already planned
A federal cut in spending had been predicted since November last year, when UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced that the country would cut the foreign aid budget due to the damage caused by the Covid-19 crisis. Sunak had already stated that the cuts were temporary.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, a British pro-life NGO, celebrated the government measure through its Communications Director, Michael Robinson: “Whatever the government’s motivations, it’s to be commemorated that organizations paid to kill unborn children around the world are getting less of our hard-earned money. Less funding means fewer deaths.”
In the UK a survey conducted by Savanta ComRes revealed that 65% of Britons are against using public money to finance abortion abroad.
Even so, the abortion giant says the budget cut should be preceded by a change to the 2015 International Development Act and has promised to take legal action against the government. IPPF further clarifies that the case against the government will be financed independently, without taxpayer money.