The archdiocese of Edinburgh is calling on Catholics to contact their MPs to stop ‘abortion aid’ and divert the funds to real aid projects run by Catholic charities.
The archdiocese said in a statement that ‘the UK Government is funding abortion overseas while Catholic charities that help improve the lives of millions are missing out’.
Citing recently-released official figure by the Department For International Development, the archdiocese pointed out that while money is being borrowed to fund Covid-19 programmes at home, the UK Government has still used massive amounts of aid to fund abortions abroad.
The figures show that in the first three months of the pandemic, March to May, over £8 million was given to one abortion provider, Marie Stopes, mostly for projects in Africa.
The same figures show no record of any grants to UK Catholic aid charities, such as SCIAF.
Paul Atkin, of the archdiocese of Edinburgh’s Pro-Life Office, said: “While the Chancellor is considering his options, Catholics should contact their MPs to stop unpopular ‘abortion aid’.
“The monies given to Marie Stopes are the tip of an iceberg of UK funding for abortion overseas. Vast amounts are being wasted on abortion which could be diverted into real aid projects run by Catholic charities to save both money and lives.”
The archdiocese revealed that in 2018, the last full year for which figures are available, the UK Government was the largest single funder of Marie Stopes giving £48 million.
However, in the same year, SCIAF was given just £1.1 million – or 40 times less DFID support than the abortion provider.
The archdiocese noted that ‘DFID aid has continued to be given to abortion provider Marie Stopes, despite concerns from the UK’s Care Quality Commission about conditions at their UK abortion clinics and action by the Governments of Kenya, Niger and Zambia against Marie Stopes for performing illegal abortions in their countries’.
‘Very few people realise that abortion for Africa is part of UK Government foreign aid policy,’ the archdiocese said. ‘Polls show that the majority of the British public want to stop using aid on foreign abortions.’
Picture: A pro-life demonstrator. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters).