International Development SecretaryBRITISH taxpayers are shelling out another £45 million in foreign aid cash – to pay for condoms and other contraceptives in Africa.
It takes the “family planning” package targeting unwanted pregnancies in Africa and Asia to £220 million.
It will help 20 million women get contraceptives and stop 6 million unintended pregnancies as part of a programme to stem sky-high population growth.
An estimated 214 million women around the world do not want to get pregnant but do not have access to contraceptives.
But it sparked a backlash from Tory MPs who demanded cash from Britain’s ballooning £13 billion foreign aid budget be diverted to pay for the same problems in the UK.
African and Asian women will be given a choice of contraceptives – including injections that last three months so those living in remote areas won’t have to travel long distances every time they want it.