President Joe Biden had taken 10 major steps since taking office to promote abortion worldwide.
They include repealing the Mexico City policy that prevented U.S. funding of abortion abroad as well as restoring funding to the United Nations Population Fund and Planned Parenthood.
Some members of the international community aren’t going along, however.
The U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office has cut its support for U.N. abortion campaigns by 85%, noted the U.K.’s Christian Institute.
The reduction is expected to be more than $180 million.
Since its foundation in 2008, the UNFPA Supplies Partnership has facilitated an estimated 26.8 million abortions. And UNFPA executive director Natalia Kanem said the money would have paid for the resources for a further 4.3 million abortions this year.
The British agency said the cut was necessary as part of overall budget changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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,” the Christian Institute said.
The BBC reported U.N. officials were distressed that instead of $214 million, they’ll only get about $32 million this year.
The UNPF warned that the impacts of the cuts will be “devastating for women and girls and their families across the world.”
Manuelle Hurwitz, an official with the International Planned Parenthood Federation, called the slash in funding “shameful.”
He said it would increase the number of women who “do not have access to modern contraceptives.”
Biden’s moves in support of abortion include his intention of making Roe v. Wade part of American law, with withdrawal of the United States from the Geneva Consensus declaring “there is no international right to abortion.”
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