Abortion advice ignored

The Harper government ignored the advice of its own civil servants when it decided to exclude abortion funding as part of its maternal and child health initiative, the Canadian Press reported. The revelation is based on briefing notes prepared by the Canadian International Development Agency for International Development Minister Bev Oda in January. CIDA listed abortion as a necessary measure to meet the project's goals, suggesting the service could save numerous lives. The government has been highly criticized for its position, which is at odd with both the domestic policy and that of some G8 countries.

Published: Wednesday, 05/26/2010 12:00 am EDT

The Harper government ignored the advice of its own civil servants when it decided to exclude abortion funding as part of its maternal and child health initiative, the Canadian Press reported. The revelation is based on briefing notes prepared by the Canadian International Development Agency for International Development Minister Bev Oda in January. CIDA listed abortion as a necessary measure to meet the project's goals, suggesting the service could save numerous lives. The government has been highly criticized for its position, which is at odd with both the domestic policy and that of some G8 countries.

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