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Anti-Abortion Group Receives Funds from the Tampon Tax

A notorious anti-abortion organization in the UK, is receiving £250,000 from a government grant designed to channel money from the tampon tax towards women's charities.
April 3, 2017, 11:30am

As if it wasn't ludicrous enough that people in the UK pay five percent tax on sanitary products because a bunch of politicians who've clearly never bled out of their vaginas every month deemed them non-essential luxury goods, there's a fresh insult to add to injury. Now a government fund—originally set up to channel money raised by the tax towards women's charities—has just awarded a £250,000 (about $312,200) grant to an anti-abortion group.

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The Tampon Tax Fund was established in 2015 to redistribute the tax collected on sanitary products to organizations that help women and girls. According to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which oversees the £15m fund, applicants needed to show that they worked with disadvantaged women and girls or addressed violence against women.

Last week the government published details of 70 charities that would benefit from the latest round of funding. While a press release trumpeted grants to charities including a specialist support service for female victims of stalking and a peer mentoring service for vulnerable young girls, there was no mention of one of the biggest beneficiaries of the fund: Life, an anti-abortion charity that also runs a network of crisis pregnancy centres.

Buried in the full list of beneficiaries is a £250,000 grant for Life to provide "housing, practical help, counseling, emotional support and life skills training for young pregnant women who are homeless." Despite its curious omission from the government's PR blast about the fund, Life's award is also among the largest of all the grants.

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