MEDIA RELEASE



Thursday, July 12, 2012



Australian aid funding should focus on providing proper maternal health care rather than abortion services according to the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).



ACL Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton said the government’s announcement today that it would increase family planning funding to developing countries to $50 million by 2016 was a concern when organisations such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which promotes abortion, will be one of the recipients of the funding.



“Aid resources should be focused on maternal health and birthing clinics rather than being redirected to pay for abortion advice and services,” he said.



“Trained midwives, blood stocks and a clean birthing environment are far more effective in preventing maternal death than providing abortions.



“Many Christians who have strongly supported the Millennium Development Goals to increase overseas aid would be concerned about this money going towards funding abortions.



“The UN does not recognise abortion as a human right but instead affirms the rights of children and mothers to special care and assistance.

“ACL was disappointed that the AusAID guidelines were changed in 2009 to allow our aid to be diverted towards ending human life, rather than saving it,” Mr Shelton said.