Catholic life peer Lord Alton is backing a Parliamentary motion calling on the government to cut funding for abortion provider Marie Stopes International.
An Early Day Motion tabled by Conservative MP Fiona Bruce showed that Marie Stopes has received a funding increase of 5,000% in the last 12 years.
“The enormous amounts of taxpayer money being used to fund this scandal-ridden organisation to end the lives of millions of babies must stop,” he said.
On 23 September, Secretary of State for International Development, Alok Sharma MP, announced to the UN that the UK taxpayer would provide an additional £600 million of taxpayer money for “family planning” in developing countries. This grant was in addition to a £1.1 billion pledge in 2017.
Lord Alton, who is a well-known pro-life campaigner, explained his reasons for opposing the grants.
“This increase comes at the same time as the Charity Commission is investigating MSI for rewarding its chief executive, Simon Cooke, a total salary package in excess of £400,000,” he said.
“Marie Stopes has been prevented by some Governments from functioning after performing illegal abortions in their countries. It has also been investigated by the Care Quality Commission, who said it had endangered the safety of women in the UK, and that one woman bled to death after having an abortion in one of their clinics in London.”
He called on UK citizens to take a stand against the grants.
“Before an election takes place, constituents should be asking candidates where they stand on UK taxpayers funding millions of overseas abortions, rather than feeding the hungry, helping refugees, tacking illness, or developing infrastructure or the economies of developing countries,” he said.
He also urged people to ask prospective MPs about their pro-life credentials.
“Constituents should challenge all candidates to say whether they will vote to stop using taxpayers’ money to fund abortions overseas and ask current MPs to back the campaign in the House of Commons led by Fiona Bruce MP,” he said.
The Parliamentary motion is also being backed by pro-life group Right to Life UK.
Right to Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said: “It is appalling that ‘international development’ now consists of funding overseas abortions at an ever-increasing rate along with funding lobby teams to introduce extreme abortion laws in developing countries.”
“We support Fiona Bruce’s parliamentary motion to cut all international development funding provided to Marie Stopes International and encourage other MPs to add their signatures to it,” she added.
Picture: Lord David Alton