No tampon tax money for anti-abortion groups
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In a landmark ruling, George Osborne's budget last year announced that £12 million raised from tax on sanitary products would go to women's charities in the UK.
It has now emerged that Life, an anti-abortion organisation, will receive a grant of £250,000 from this fund, leaving many of us who campaigned hard to end the Tampon Tax outraged and disappointed. We do not want to see this money going to an organisation that wants to limit and police the control vulnerable women have over their own bodies. Life has previously referred to abortion as "the death penalty" and does not even support abortion in cases of rape, describing their stance as "absolutist".
Life has been at the centre of controversy over giving inaccurate advice to vulnerable pregnant women, including telling them they could become infertile or increase their risk of cancer if they have an abortion. Women need impartial counselling and support at this vulnerable time, not judgement, guilt, shame and scaremongering. Women need choice, support, and medically accurate information when facing this difficult decision and government funding needs to go to organisations that are competent to provide this service.
Giving this money to an organisation like Life is completely at odds with the ethos of the Tampon Tax fund, which is meant to help, support and empower women from all walks of life. Fundamentally, Life are anti-women.
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