Ottawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) -- A leaked draft of the final paper for the coming G8 summit suggests Canada will not suggest to other nations that promoting abortion is the best way to help reduce maternal mortality.
The draft, obtained by The Canadian Press, shows the world's most powerful countries are prepared to throw money at "all factors" affecting the health of women and children in poor countries, but it doesn't specifically mention abortion.
The Harper government has been under fire for insisting it will not fund abortion as part of its G8 maternal health plan, now known as the "Muskoka Initiative."
"Action is required on all factors that affect the health of women and children," the document says. "This includes addressing gender inequality, ensuring women's and children's rights and improving education for women and girls."
Instead of singling out abortion for funding, the document refers only to the need to strengthen "voluntary family planning," likely giving the harper government what it needs to sidestep the abortion debate.
Promoting abortion would not help reduce maternal mortality.
A new study out in April by the leading British medical journal Lancet shows maternal mortality rates have been significantly overestimated by United Nations (UN) agencies. The Lancet reports that maternal deaths worldwide in 2008 totaled 342,900 rather than the 500,000+ used by abortion advocates