By PNCI—the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic when countries around the world are taking extraordinary measures to save lives, the Trudeau government has been on an abortion-funding spree providing money to the global abortion industry for use in the Global South. The recipients include abortion-performing organizations no longer eligible for US funding under President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy.
According to reports, “Canada is dedicating $8.9 million in new international aid to ensure women and girls around the world have access to safe abortions and reproductive health services…”
Canada’s International Development Minister Karina Gould said, “We feel particularly right now that it’s important to make this funding announcement to demonstrate that we are still committed to SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights) even in a pandemic and actually highlighting the fact that these needs exist and are, in fact, exacerbated by the current pandemic.”
Of the recently announced $8.9 million, $4.9 million will go to abortion provider Marie Stopes International and $2 million will go to abortion promoter and provider Ipas. Marie Stopes plans to use the funds in part “to increase access to comprehensive SRHR information…as well as to expand access to telemedicine for home-based safe abortion care services.”
According to Ipas, the funding from Global Affairs Canada includes enabling its work in the Global South to streamline “abortion services to improve access to abortion care using innovations including abortion telemedicine, “no touch” and minimal visit abortion care, pharmacy access and accurate information to women who opt to self-manage abortion.”
Ipas will also use the funds in its work with humanitarian organizations “to strengthen “light touch” approaches like abortion with pills and self-managed abortion in humanitarian settings”.
In one past project, Canada provided Ipas for $4 million to “improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls in selected regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria and Zambia”.
The project sought “to strengthen social and political support for women’s and girls’ access to high-quality abortion and contraceptive care and increase the use of these services” and included “providing training on values clarification and attitude transformation to key stakeholders, including Members of Parliament, African Union Commissioners, government officials, youth organizations and partners who are advocating for reform of abortion and family planning laws, especially in the DRC and Adamawa State, Nigeria”.
Last month, IPPF thanked Global Affairs Canada for funding its work in the Global South.
PNCI notes that while generously funding the destruction of children in the womb around the world, Canada refused to agree to the CPD outcome document on the critical need to provide food security and nutrition unless it included references to “access to safe abortion” which it called “a crucial service” during COVID 19.
Oh Canada, food and nutrition are crucial! Women need nutrition before pregnancy, mother and babies need nutritious food during and after pregnancy, especially during a pandemic. Abortion is not ‘a crucial service’, unless your goal is population reduction.