It’s an interesting proposal, Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to use his presidency of the G8 to push for global action on improving maternal and child health. In an op-ed published in the Toronto Star and Montreal’s La Presse, Harper says this it is unacceptable the 500,000 women die giving birth each year and 9 million children die before they reach the age of 5.
, I asked Minister Oda whether the Harper government was leaning toward the aggressive family planning model or favoured the building of local health clinics. While Minister Oda said she was seeking the best advice and not leaning in any direction at this point, one of the experts around the table nodded her head in agreement as I asked my question. Jennifer Kitts from Action Canada for Population and Development approached me excitedly after the news conference to tell me that family planning is key to reducing maternal mortality and infant deaths.
Kitts says that 30% of maternal deaths can be avoided and infant mortality can be reduced by 20% with proper family planning. Now I quickly understood how family planning could reduce maternal death but when I asked her to explain how family planning could help children live past their 5th birthday, Ms. Kitts became nervous and asked me to turn off my recorder. I asked her the question again and she told me she would have to do the interview later. The coin eventually dropped, the people at ACPD plan to reduce infant mortality by reducing the number of infants born. A major part of family planning for ACPD is abortion.
Now it really doesn’t matter which side of the abortion issue you fall on, when you hear that a government wants to reduce infant mortality, funding abortions in developing countries is likely not what comes to mind. When the Prime Minister says it is troubling that 9 million children die before their 5th birthday, most Canadians don’t think aborting children in developing countries so that they never have a birthday is the solution.
Harper, are you bleeping stupid or something? Are you trying to LOSE the election?
Rid your government of this pro-abortion agenda.
I am just not happy with the Conservatives right now, and I am aiming not to vote for the Conservatives.
Found this on the ACPD website:
ACPD's overall goal is to advance action by the Canadian government to meet the commitments that it made at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994, and, in particular, to meet the financial targets and policy commitments made in Cairo.
They're a lobby group pushing abortion.