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USA: Family Planning

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 66198, tabled on 1 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will take steps to (a) reduce the effects of the US Administration's Mexico City Policy disallowing promotion of abortion as a method of family planning by organisations receiving US assistance and (b) ensure that comprehensive sexual and reproductive health rights are supported worldwide.

Answered on

7 March 2017

The UK is the second largest bilateral donor in the world for family planning, having more than doubled our investment since 2010. Our funding is allocated on the basis of whatever mechanism will deliver the best value and outcomes for women around the world. We will continue to be a global leader on family planning, women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health.

The full implications of the reinstated and expanded Mexico City policy are not yet clear, but we are closely following developments. DFID will consider the implications with our offices, with UK civil society and with donors.