The Australian Christian Lobby has renewed calls for the Federal Government to stop using taxpayers’ money to fund abortions in developing countries.
In one of his first actions in office, US President Donald Trump reinstated what is known as the “Mexico City Policy” which requires non-Government organisations receiving US aid to sign agreements not to perform or promote abortions.
ACL spokesperson for women’s issues, Wendy Francis, said many abortion advocates promoted abortion in developing countries because birthing facilities were sub-standard.
“Instead of providing money for the killing their babies, wouldn’t it be better to provide women in developing countries with proper birthing facilities?
“Our priorities are all wrong.
“We have no right to impose western so-called ‘choice’ ideology on women in impoverished countries which have totally different family structures or a different understanding of the value of human life,” Ms Francis said.
“In light of the Trump decision, the Australian Government should reassess its support for funding overseas abortions,” Ms Francis said.
Since returning to office in 2013, the Coalition Government has continued to fund international abortion providers such as Marie Stopes and Planned Parenthood who promote abortions in developing countries.
A long-standing practice not to use Australian taxpayers’ money to fund abortions in poor countries was overturned by the Rudd Government in 2009.
Since then, funding of abortion firms such as Planned Parenthood has continued under the Liberal Government, despite video footage exposing that organisation for selling body parts from aborted babies.
The Australian Christian Lobby last year warned the Federal Government that it was improper to continue funding an organisation that was acting in an unethical and, allegedly, illegal manner.
President Trump and the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, have pledged to de-fund Planned Parenthood because of their role in selling baby parts for research.
In 2013-14, the Australian Government provided $7 million to fund overseas abortions and related services of which $3 million was provided to Marie Stopes and $4 million to Planned Parenthood.