US tells African governments to stop supplying international family planning group

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 07 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1986
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    A recent decision by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to force African governments to cease providing contraceptive items to maternal health organisations partnered with the charity Marie Stopes International has caused widespread outrage. Critics of the agency’s decision are concerned that it will increase numbers of unintended pregnancies and force women into unsafe abortions.

    The instruction, issued by Kent Hill, USAID’s assistant administrator for global health, said the action was necessary because Marie Stopes International works with the Chinese government, whom the US State Department accuses of “coercive abortion and involuntary sterilisations.”

    Dana Hovig, chief executive of Marie Stopes International, protested strongly against the …

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