Oda says no abortion, contraceptives support

But the WHO reports that lack of both contributes to unnecessary deaths.

WHO Photo: P. Virot
A pregnant woman is checked at a maternity house in Delhi, India. 
Lee Berthiaume
Published: Wednesday, 02/10/2010 12:00 am EST

CIDA Minister Bev Oda says the government's child and maternal health strategy will not address unsafe abortions in developing countries or support access to family planning and contraceptives. Rather, she said that to ensure the aid agency remains effective, "it's the lives of mothers and babies that we are focused on."

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