AUSTRALIAN TAXES FUND ABORTIONS IN MONGOLIA
“The Australian taxpayer is funding abortions in Mongolia and the question is, ‘why?’” said The Nationals’ Senator Ron Boswell today.
“Why is Australia funding abortion services when taxpayers’ money could be used for life giving medical, water, housing and food programs?”
Senator Boswell was commenting on the release of answers to his questions on notice to the Senate Estimates Hearings in October.
“For the first time in history, Australia’s aid program is funding abortions in overseas countries.”
“The Labor government changed the rules by applying new Australian Aid Program Family Planning Guiding Principles that facilitate the funding of overseas abortions.”
“Department answers to my questions show that from July this year Marie Stopes International received $63,426 from Aus-AID for abortion related services in Mongolia while International Planned Parenthood Foundation received $9m core funding for its work which includes abortion services in numerous countries.”
“The taxpayer money that went to Mongolia provided medical abortion drugs, equipment and family planning commodities.”
Senator Boswell said that Australians were generous to those in need and supported foreign aid but would question the government’s priorities in giving money to controversial action such as abortions when there were still so many dying of hunger and thirst.