Zambian family planning agency loses money over abortion

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ), has lost substantial financial support from the US, over the suspicion that the parent body, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), supports abortion.
PPAZ chief executive Godfrey Musonda said in Lusaka Tuesday that the US government's decision to cut funding to the IPPF was adopted after the recent revision of the "Mexico policy" on US funding to the IPPF.
He explained that the US suspected that part of its money given to the International Planned Parenthood Federation was being used for abortions and that the US had already informed PPAZ, a member of the IPPF, about the suspension of financial support.
Musonda said the decision, which applies to all member institutions of the IPPF world-wide, would have serious repercussion on Zambian health care, especially the HIV/AIDS control.
"The loss of the US funding will affect most of our programmes and the immediate implications of this would be on the supply of contraceptives, as well as (an increase in ) unwanted pregnancies because of lack of the contraceptives.
In fact, this will now result in illegal abortions which the US is trying to fight.
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Denying that the PPAZ encouraged abortion, Musonda said "the cutting of the funding will have a chain reaction on various reproductive health activities" in the country.

09 october 2001 11:04:00




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