The Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) has reduced its funding for the United Nations’ abortion programme by 85 per cent this year.
According to the Supplies Partnership of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the cut in funding from UK taxpayers of more than £130 million will impact abortionists around the world.
Historically, the UK has been the main donor to UNFPA Supplies.
4.3 million abortions
Since its foundation in 2008, the UNFPA Supplies Partnership has facilitated an estimated 26.8 million abortions.
UNFPA executive director Dr Natalia Kanem said the money would have paid for the materials for a further 4.3 million abortions this year.
An FCDO spokesperson said: “The seismic impact of the pandemic on the UK economy has forced us to take tough but necessary decisions, including temporarily reducing the overall amount we spend on aid.
“We will still spend more than £10bn this year to fight poverty, tackle climate change and improve global health.”
Catherine Robinson, spokeswoman for Right to Life UK, called the announcement “a welcome move” but added that the cut represented only “a tiny fraction of the huge amount being spent on abortion providers”.
According to figures obtained by the group, between 2008 and 2018 the UK Government gave almost £300 million to abortion giant Marie Stopes International.
In 2019, Westminster announced £42 million of aid money to fund abortions through its sexual reproductive health rights strategy.