The Lancet is an influential body, so this one is tough to stomach:
…70 000 women die from unsafe abortions worldwide every year. The Canadian Government does not deprive women living in Canada from access to safe abortions; it is therefore hypocritical and unjust that it tries to do so abroad. Although the country’s decision only affects a small number of developing countries where abortion is legal, bans on the procedure, which are detrimental to public health, should be challenged by the G8, not tacitly supported. Canada and the other G8 nations could show real leadership with a final maternal health plan that is based on sound scientific evidence and not prejudice.
Turns out, “sound scientific evidence” is just about impossible to come by in this arena. I’m quite sure even your average pro-choice doctor would agree there. And even if legal abortion were safe and medically necessary, an assumption I do not accept, it still would not be Canada’s job to push for it in countries where good obstetric care of any kind is completely and totally unavailable.
Brigitte adds: I may have missed something, but where do people get the idea that refusing to fund abortions amounts to banning them?
Andrea adds: Thanks for that, Brigitte. Exactly.by