Stephen Harper wants Canada to be seen as the West’s leading benefactor to, and champion of women and children in the developing world. A the same time Harper rules out any third-world help for abortions. Yet a new survey, just out, shows that the absence of reproductive health services, including abortion, leads to death, serious medical problems and a frightening number of orphaned children. In the absence of reliable contraception and safe abortions, tens of thousand of women in the developing world die every year trying to terminate unwanted pregnancies.
In Africa and Latin America up to 97 per cent of abortions are unsafe. In 2008, 47,000 women died as a result of unsafe abortions and another 8.5 million had serious medical complications.
Th e Harper government chooses to ignore this reality.
Instead of refusing to fund projects that would allow abortion, should not Canada refuse to fund projects that don’t allow it?
Outlawing of abortions does not stop the practise, it just makes it more dangerous.
Should Canada support abortions in the developng world?
What do you think?
Just back from a great cruise. Neil