Musings —04.26.2010 03:15 PM—
Tories say Canada won’t fund abortion under G8 plan (Cda-G8-Abortion)
Source: The Canadian Press
Apr 26, 2010 15:49
OTTAWA – The Harper government says it won’t fund abortion as part of its G8 child- and maternal-health plan for poor countries.
That sets up a potential conflict with the U.S. and other G8 partners who say abortion can’t be separated from family planning.
The Conservatives had refused to say if abortion would be covered under the G8 plan.
But MP Jim Abbott, parliamentary secretary to International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda, clarified the government’s position in the House of Commons on Monday.
“Canada’s contribution to child and maternal health may include family planning,” he said. “However, Canada’s contribution will not include funding abortion.”
The Tories have faced criticism at home and abroad since they made the health plan a key agenda item of the G8 summit that Canada hosts in June, but refused to clarify the abortion issue.
Oda is hosting a meeting of G8 development ministers in Halifax on Tuesday.
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