In response to a question in the Senate this week, Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr referenced the government's recent pledge to increase to $50 million per year the amount of aid money for ‘family planning’ in third world countries, doubling the amount it gave in 2010.

ACL does not believe aborting babies is the answer to dealing with problems of maternal and child health in developing countries. Providing abortion services would be a failure of the government to properly support women and children in dire circumstances, and ACL is disappointed in Queensland Labor Senator Claire Moore's continual push of abortion as the answer. In an effort to reduce these problems, greater funding should be given to health support services, including improving birthing facilities and providing more midwives and doctors. This would save lives of women without having to abort their babies.

Senator Carr also announced this week that Australia will provide up to $70 million to the UN's Population Fund over the next four years, appears to be a better use of taxpayers’ money. This money is targeted at training midwives and doctors in remote areas of countries like Cambodia.

Soon after assuming Government, Labor over-turned the Howard Government’s long-standing ban on using overseas aid money for abortion. Sadly, the share of money going to abortion seems to be growing.

Click here to read Senator Carr’s comments to the Parliament.