Two-Thirds Of Australians Say Nation’s Foreign Aid Budget Should Support Sexual, Reproductive Health Programming In Pacific Island Countries, Poll Shows

BuzzFeed News: Aussies Don’t Want To Follow Trump By Banning Charities That Offer Abortion Services
“…The Australian Christian Lobby urged [Australian] Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to … reinstate a ban on the use of foreign aid to terminate pregnancies in other countries. The ban, introduced by former prime minister John Howard, was abolished by his successor Kevin Rudd. … [A] poll by Essential Research has found 67 percent of Australians would be ‘concerned’ (31 percent) or ‘very concerned’ (36 percent) if ‘Australia also introduced this rule and stopped aid to groups that provide family planning and sexual and reproductive health services in Pacific Island countries’…” (Rushton, 4/19).

SBS: Australians reject Trump-style bans on abortion funding in foreign aid: Poll
“…The poll asked respondents whether it was important that Australia supports Pacific Island countries to provide sexual and reproductive health services — including contraception, cervical screening, and family planning — through the foreign aid budget. A total of 67 percent of respondents said it was important, with 20 percent describing it as not important. Support was highest among Greens voters, at 86 percent, but support was also high among Coalition voters, 64 percent, and Labor voters, 76 percent. … Family Planning NSW released the poll as part of a campaign to swat back attempts by the Australian Christian Lobby to push the government to reinstate a similar ban in Australia’s foreign aid policy…” (Winsor, 4/21).

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