Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced late last year that Canada, as the host of the upcoming G8 meeting in June, would champion maternal and child health in developing countries. But until Monday no one in the government had disclosed whether abortion would be included.
Conservative MP Jim Abbott clarified the government's position in the House of Commons in response to a question from Bloc Québécois MP Johanne Deschamps.
"Canada's contribution to maternal and child health may include family planning," Abbott told the House. "However, Canada's contribution will not include funding abortion." Following Abbott's statement, Dimitri Soudas, spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office, confirmed Canada would not include any abortion funding for its G8 plan.
Monday, 26 April 2010
Someone in Harper's New™ MASSIVELY "accountable!" & "transparent!" government finally answered the question.
This of course followed months of obfuscation and hair-splitting from the ReformaTories about the real nature of their maternal health initiative. More from fern hill, blogging on the topic, here.