Theresa May Pledges Nearly $260 Million To Promote Abortion


On the other side of the pond, British Prime Minister Theresa May has been losing faith with members of her Conservative Party, particularly over Brexit woes.

However, an entirely different initiative has members of her party incensed: approximately $260 million to promote abortion in Africa.

It all sounds very good. May announced the WISH (Women’s Integrated Sexual Health) Program during a visit to Kenya this week, the first visit to the former British colony by a sitting prime minister since Margaret Thatcher in 1988, according to the U.K. Telegraph.

It promises £200 million (roughly $260 million) for women’s health in Africa and Asia — areas of the world where there are definitely structural problems in that area. Again, not a bad thing.

The program will “target women and girls in rural and poor communities who have traditionally been hardest to reach, will provide mobile clinics and contraceptive materials such as pills, condoms and implants.”

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The problem, as always, is who’s receiving the money.

Meet Marie Stopes International. It’s more or less a British version of Planned Parenthood, one which boasted that it “provided or supported more than 4.1 million safe abortion and post-abortion care services in 2017, a 12% increase on the previous year,” according to LifeSite News.

“Britain is already the second biggest funder of family planning programmes in the world – in the last five years it has given MSI alone £163.01 million,” LifeSite reports.

“The organisation’s recent financial report revealed that the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) was the single biggest donor, granting £44 million ($57 million), contributing to it posting a record income of £296.1 million ($383.8 million). This is despite a ComRes poll showing that 65% of the public oppose UK taxpayer money being spent on abortions overseas.”

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Simon Cooke, Marie Stopes’ chief executive, put the usual cheerful face on this all.

“Expanding access to family planning services is one of the smartest investments countries can make for their future,” he said.

“Giving women and girls the ability to choose the size of their family creates healthier and more prosperous populations, allows women to contribute more fully to their communities, and supports stability and security.”

Again, they de-emphasize the abortion work they do — even though they do plenty of it, and target the poor while they’re at it.

On their website, Marie Stopes brags “they have a wide range of high quality contraception and safe abortion services available too. We do this through social franchising – or franchising for a good cause, rather than profit.

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“Social franchising helps us to quickly scale-up access to services so that we can reach poor and under-served women in a sustainable way. It works best in countries where private healthcare facilities are already serving poor people. By expanding the services offered by these private providers, we can easily provide greater choice to clients.”

Again, a government believes it cannot serve woman’s health, either at home or abroad, without partnering with an organization which makes it clear its goal is to support abortion with taxpayer dollars. And that government is supposed to represent conservative values.

The British people don’t want this. Conservatives definitely don’t. This may sound great on paper but it’s horrible in practice, particularly when it’s pushed on voters like this.

The British people need real leadership, and its becoming more and more apparent Theresa May’s government simply won’t provide it — either domestically with Brexit or internationally by using Britain’s money to expand killing the unborn.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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