Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pro-abortion "Knowledge Centre" for the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit

Check out these links. They are for the Canadian Network of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. These are the groups identified on the website that goes with the summit being held in Toronto right now (May 28-May 30, 2014).

At least three of these groups are of particular concern: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD).

We already know that IPPF is a strong abortion supporter around the world and works tirelessly to make abortion legal everywhere around the globe. I have also written extensively on Canada's funding to IPPF.

Below are some quotes from the ACPD and UNFPA websites.
ACPD raises contradictions in Canada’s refusal to fund abortion service abroad in recently released Lancet article
Posted on May 12, 2014 
“Accountability in Canada’s Muskoka Initiative questioned” 
"Is the Canadian Prime Minster’s billion dollar initiative for maternal, newborn, and child health failing to meet the standards it has urged on the rest of the world? Paul C Webster investigates. 
It was a message that pleased many global health advocates; Harper’s conservative Christian power base liked the emphasis on mothers and children as well. To reassure some of its most ardently Christian supporters, the Harper government had previously terminated Canadian development support for abortion services, a move that not only contradicted domestic Canadian law but also the laws of most countries where Canada funds maternal health programmes, according to Sandeep Prasad, executive director, Action Canada for Population and Development." (emphasis added)
(Not true. In Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mali, Sudan, and Tanzania, abortion is illegal.)
Embassy article: “Ghosts of abortion debate haunt maternal, child health summit”
"Sandeep EuroNGOs 2013ACPD featured in Embassy article by Kristen Shane on Canada’s upcoming Summit on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.  
“The same concerns about a lack of funding for safe abortions and sexual and reproductive health that bubbled up four years ago when Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared maternal, child and new-born health his main development priority threaten to boil over again as Canada and the world look to recalibrate their commitments later this month in Toronto." 
Does UNFPA promote abortion?
"No. Guided by paragraph 8.25 of the Cairo Programme of Action, UNFPA does not support or promote abortion as a method of family planning. It accords the highest priority and support to voluntary family planning to prevent unwanted pregnancies so as to eliminate recourse to abortion. UNFPA supports governments to strengthen their national health systems to deal effectively with complications of unsafe abortions, thereby saving women’s lives (every year, an estimated 13 per cent of maternal deaths result from  unsafe abortions). 
How does emergency contraception work? 
According to the World Health Organization, emergency contraceptives prevent unintended pregnancies. Since they do not terminate pregnancy, their use is not a form of abortion. Women have the right to information and services on emergency contraception just as with all other safe and effective methods of family planning. (emphasis added)
(Except that emergency contraception is abortion.)

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