A group of rich countries have pledged 2.6 billion dollars over the next eight years to fund family planning services in poorer, developing nations.
The promises were made at the London Summit on Family Planning on Wednesday, which was co-hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The event was also attended by a number of world leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Melinda Gates explained what the donations would achieve.
“What we can do by offering contraceptives to women, or what we were talking about… access for 120 million new women… we can avert 15 million abortions in the next eight years,” she said.
Britain was the largest donor, promising to stump up 800 million dollars, or 650 million euros.
According to the United Nations, some 220 million women in the developing world cannot get reliable access to contraception or information about it.