Not so much of a surprise, part #2
Where on earth did Michael Ignatieff get the idea that Stephen Harper might face pressure to exclude abortion-related organizations in his new foreign-aid priorities on maternal health? Something that the PMO dismissed yesterday as a "red herring" and not relevant to this discussion?
Would it be here, maybe, in this article from Lifesitenews.com, one week ago?
Canadian PM Calls for G8 to Tackle Maternal Mortality – Abortion Push Feared
By Patrick B. Craine
OTTAWA, Ontario, January 27, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's announcement on Wednesday that Canada will use its influence as president of the G8 this year to promote maternal and child healthcare in the developing world, pro-life leaders are expressing concern that the government has sought the counsel of Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD), a pro-abortion associate of Planned Parenthood.
Pro-life leaders are calling on Canadians to contact the Prime Minister and International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda, and ask them to ensure that the government does not cave in to pressure to push abortion and population control as part of the initiative.
Or here, on a news release on Canada News Wire?
Harper's Plan for Women's Health in Developing Countries is good - abortion is not health care.
TORONTO, Jan. 28/CNW/ - Following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's announcement on Wednesday, January 27, 2010that Canadawill use its influence as president of the G8 this year to promote maternal and child healthcare in the developing world, Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition and Vice-President of The International Right to Life Federation said, "It is good that the Prime Minister is going to push for health care for mothers in the developing world. The pro-life movement and pro-life physicians have advocated for such services and provided them for many years."
"We are concerned, however, that groups seeking, under the guise of maternal health, to advocate for abortion and population control have been asked to advise the Government on the matter," he continued. "Canadians want real health care for women in the developing world, such as that provided by pro-life organizations like MaterCare International. Canadians oppose the use of health care terminology to force abortion and sterilization on those women," he said.
Campaign Life Coalition encourages all pro-life supporters to write and call Prime Minister Harper and International Cooperation Minister
Bev Odato insist on an approach to maternal and child health that respects the sanctity of human life.
Or would it be here, at the ProWomanProLife blog? (Also from a week ago.)
Apparently Prime Minister Harper is concerned about reducing maternal mortality. Good. Why is he partnering with a pro-abortion group to achieve this?