Australia Scraps Ban on Abortion Advice

A further AUD15 million (USD9.6 million) will be disbursed by the Australian government to bolster child and maternal health in developing nations, following the withdrawal of a prohibition on the use of aid funding for abortion advice. "Avoiding terminations through family planning services and advice will continue to be the focus of Australian funded activities. Australian and international NGOs will continue to be able to choose what services they deliver in line with their own philosophies and policies," Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said. According to

, the four-year funding will be channeled through United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to back family planning and reproductive health activities aimed at decreasing maternal deaths.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a staff writer, Rizza focuses mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID. She covers breaking business news particularly at the ADB and has conducted interviews with specialists from the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank and other top players in international development. Rizza also contributes to the daily Development Newswire and other Devex publications.