Women’s College Hospital Toronto Slams G8 Maternal Plan for Lack of Abortion Funding
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By Patrick B. Craine
TORONTO, Ontario, June 7, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Women’s College Hospital (WCH) of Toronto, long known for its feminist and pro-abortion advocacy, has decried the Canadian government’s decision against funding Third World abortions through their G8 maternal and child health initiative. In a letter to the editor for the National Post, chief of staff Dr. Jim Ruderman claims that abortion is necessary to advancing the health of children in the developing world.
Ruderman wrote Monday that because of WCH’s “commitment to women’s health and to women’s reproductive freedom,” they “feel compelled to comment” on the government’s decision.
“Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself remarked on ‘the appalling mortality among mothers and small children in the Third World,’” he wrote. “It is important to remember that the lack of access to safe abortion contributes to that ‘appalling mortality.’”
“The United Nations points out that approximately 70,000 women in the developing world die each year from unsafe abortions,” he continued, claiming parenthetically that another 8 million “suffer serious complications.”
These women “leave behind 220,000 motherless children – children who are 10 times more likely to die within two years than children who still have their mothers,” he added.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in January that Canada would use its presidency of this month’s G8 summit to rally governments in support of maternal and child health in the developing world. He immediately faced strong pressure from the abortion lobby and opposition parties, but in April the government confirmed their position against abortion funding in the plan.