Recently, the Conservative Government has stated that its recent initiative to address maternal health care in the developing world would not include abortion. Michael Ignatieff tried foolishly to score some political points shortly thereafter by demanding the Conservatives include abortion in “maternal health care”. Now, the Liberals are trying to keep the issue alive.
The Liberals have given notice of a Motion to be debated and likely voted on this Tuesday. Although the wording of the Motion does not include the word “abortion,” we know that those people pushing for an international right to abortion use coded language like “reproductive health” and “family planning” to mean contraception and abortion.
Katherine McDonald, executive director of Action Canada for Population and Development, was interviewed on CBC’s “The Current” on Friday and she admitted that “reproductive health” includes abortion. I have copied the wording of the Motion below.
Please pray that our Members of Parliament do the right thing and vote against this Motion. Contact info for MPs can be found at this link.
Here is the text of the motion by Bob Rae:
March 19, 2010 — Mr. Rae (Toronto Centre) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government’s G8 maternal and child health initiative for the world’s poorest regions must include the full range of family planning, sexual and reproductive health options, including contraception, consistent with the policy of previous Liberal and Conservative governments, and all other G8 governments last year in L’Aquila, Italy; 19 mars 2010
that the approach of the Government of Canada must be based on scientific evidence, which proves that education and family planning can prevent as many as one in every three maternal deaths; and
that the Canadian government should refrain from advancing the failed right-wing ideologies previously imposed by the George W. Bush administration in the United States, which made humanitarian assistance conditional upon a “global gag rule” that required all non-governmental organizations receiving federal funding to refrain from promoting medically-sound family planning.