Memo to Keith Martin: your partisan politicking isn’t supported by many pro-choice groups. Truly, it’s an interesting state of affairs when pro-abortion supporters are standing in the way of women’s health.
“People here are perplexed and wondering why Canada is rolling back the clock and depriving women in developing countries from having the same rights to basic health care and access to abortion as women in Canada,” said Keith Martin, a Liberal MP who defected from the Tories in 2004.
“They’re mystified as to why the Canadian government has taken this position.”
As Keith Martin sits mystified, people like Melinda Gates, Bev Oda, and Ban Ki-moon remain committed to improving maternal health in the developing world, even without abortion in the agenda.
Teresa Chiesa, CARE Canada’s program manager for Africa, said the [maternal health] meeting was a success as stakeholders from all over the world committed to ensuring that the rate of maternal deaths — those occurring during pregnancy, childbirth or in the 42 days after delivery — continues its downward trend.
“It’s been a brilliant conference with the Gates commitment, and financial commitments from the U.S. government and Norway — there are going to be the resources we need to get behind the initiatives,” she said.
But Canada’s stance on abortion was indeed a topic of discussion among delegates in the crowded corridors of the Washington Convention Center this week, Chiesa said.
If Martin continues to be boggled by the lack of abortion funding, he may find himself on the sidelines while the committed make headway on the pressing issue of getting resources to the places they are most needed.