­­MEDIA RELEASE



4 December 2015



The Australian Government needs to halt abortion funding following the lead taken by the US Senate to cut funding of international abortionist firm Planned Parenthood as a result of concerns it profits from the sale of baby body-parts.



Some US states including Texas, Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana have also moved to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood while there are five US congressional committees investigating the revelations.



Australian Christian Lobby managing director Lyle Shelton said it was apparent that US lawmakers had identified enough concerns around the conduct of Planned Parenthood that it now warranted the Federal Government halting its multi-million funding and calling an inquiry into the Australian abortion industry.



“Planned Parenthood has been caught out, through a series of undercover videos, being involved in the cutting up of babies in order to sell their body parts,” Mr Shelton said.



“It would be improper for the Australian Government to continue funding an organisation that has been acting in an unethical and, allegedly, illegal manner.



“The Australian Government must undertake its own due diligence by investigating the abortion firms, such as Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes, that it financially supports.



“It would be insensitive for the Australian Government to continue financially supporting the industry at this time. The Australian Government should be wary of the abortion industry until its practises have been investigated in Australia.”



“The revelations are particularly upsetting to the women who have used these services.



In 2013-14 the Federal Government gave $7 million to fund overseas abortions of which $3 million was provided to Marie Stopes and $4 million to Planned Parenthood.



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