The commission explained that the programs will fund maternity programs and "universal access" to a range of services falling under "reproductive and sexual healthcare, services, supplies, education and information (including information on all kinds of family planning methods)."
J.C. von Krempach, of Catholic Family and Human Rights, an organization monitoring international law and activism, explained in an Oct. 29 blog post that international organizations often use the term "sexual health" as code in order to "carry out abortions in developing countries."
"Very cynically, those abortions are often dubbed as 'menstrual regulation', a term specifically coined to mislead, so that the women concerned do not even know what is done to them."
In addition, he said, grant money from projects such as "Investing in People: Good health for all" "feeds organizations like the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Marie Stopes International (MSI), and Ipas."
The document explaining the European Commission's program later clarified that the "wider range of family planning methods" did include the promotion of contraceptives and abortion.
Primary "health care should, inter alia, include," the document said, "abortion," alongside "prevention of abortion and the management of the consequences of abortion," maternal care, infertility treatment, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, infections, and other health care conditions.