Parliamentary motion launched to cut millions of taxpayer funding for overseas abortion provider

Oct 8, 2019 by

from Right to Life:

An MP has launched a Parliamentary motion calling on the government to cut controversial funding for abortion provider Marie Stopes International.

An Early Day Motion tabled by Fiona Bruce notes that the abortion giant, which ended the lives of almost 5 million babies in the womb last year in developing countries, has had a funding increase of 5,000% in the last 12 years.

The UK government gave over £48,000,000 to MSI, in 2018, making the UK taxpayer the largest donor to the organisation.

However, polling shows there is very little public support for taxpayers’ money being spent in this manner, with 65% of the UK population opposed to the government funding abortions overseas.

The motion adds that the increase in funding comes at the same time as a Charity Commission investigation into Marie Stopes International for rewarding its chief executive, Simon Cooke, a total salary package in excess of £400,000.

The amount that Mr Cooke was paid in 2018 would put him in the top-10 highest earners in the charity sector.

The large salary and bonus come off the back of a series of scandals in the past few years where evidence has emerged of MSI performing illegal abortions in countries that protect unborn babies; investigations by the Care Quality Commission reported that MSI endangered the safety of women in the UK; and the case of one woman bled to death after having an abortion in one of MSI’s London clinics.

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