Is it divisive to care about the 47,000 women who die yearly from unsafe abortions?

More maternal and child health funding is welcome, but the lack of focus on the human rights of women and girls is not.

UN Photo: David Ohana
A mother and her child at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a Canadian maternal and child health focus country, in November 2011.
Diana Rivington, Elizabeth J. McAllister
Published: Wednesday, 06/04/2014 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Friday, 06/06/2014 2:22 pm EDT

In taking stock of last week’s maternal, newborn and child health summit, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gets kudos for pledging more money to achieve UN Millennium Development Goal 4, to reduce child mortality, and Goal 5, to improve maternal health. But the second target of Goal 5, “achieve universal access to reproductive health,” was very much neglected.

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