On May 3rd, Senator Nancy Ruth informed that gathered CIDA representatives to “shut the f*&k up”* on the issue of supporting abortion as any part of its foreign-aid focus on maternal health.
Abortion is legal in Canada. This position is based on ideology.
The Population Council, one of the world’s most respected agencies researching reproductive health, came out with a special Mother’s Day edition of their Momentum newsletter.
Some stark stats from that newsletter:
What the Population Council contends is that restrictive abortion laws do not prevent women from obtaining abortion services, only from obtaining them safely.
For the Conservative government to call for the advancement of maternal health at the upcoming G8 summit, without addressing the issue of abortion, is, to capture the actions (if not the words) of Senator Ruth, flipping the bird to women world-wide.
Canada should build its foreign policy on science and our own laws, not on ideology.