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Published On: Sun, Jul 16th, 2017

Canada pledges millions to fund abortions overseas, ‘It’s only a tool to end poverty’

The Canadian government announced last week funding of up to $241.5 million at the Family Planning Summit, which will support projects that will provide critical sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and information and advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

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The money, approximately 65 percent,  primarily targets African nations. The money will go to  United Nations Population Fund, Marie Stopes, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the World Bank.

The government justly received criticism from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops who called the move–the Trudeau government allowing “political ideology” to dictate its advocacy of abortion rights  in its new feminist international development policy.

In response, Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said, “Contraception and even abortion is only a tool to end poverty. We have to give women the control over their lives. So we shouldn’t look at contraception as the objective. This is not the objective. This is only a tool to reduce poverty and inequality and to make an impact in terms of development and peace and security in the world.”

Obianuju Ekeocha, founder of the UK-based Culture of Life Africa said of the Trudeau government, “This new breed of Western leaders who want to impose an abortion-friendly ideology, if you will, by all means in Africa, one thing about them that they all have in common is that they are not listening to us,” she told LifeSiteNews.

“Most of the African cultures across the the different African countries consider abortion the destruction of human life, consider abortion as a way of death,” she said.

In related news, The Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Gaétan Barrette, announces that Quebec women will be able to obtain the abortion pill (Mifegymiso) free of charge by the end of the fall of 2017, according to a Quebec Health news release (computer translated).

“The abortion pill is an additional option for voluntary abortion services that has certain advantages for women. The analyzes we have made of the pill have confirmed its effectiveness and safety, We decided to offer it for free. This is good news for all Quebeckers who want to use it rather than using the traditional services of voluntary termination of pregnancy” the minister said.

The pill can be used to interrupt a pregnancy of seven weeks or less.

Abortion in Canada is legal at all stages of pregnancy and is governed by the Canada Health Act. While some non-legal obstacles exist, Canada is one of only a few nations with no legal restrictions on abortion.

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