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MP running for USask riding claims Planned Parenthood funding axed

Student reps worked to fight against Brad Trost’s anti-abortion petition in the past


 
Conservative MP Brad Trost, the incumbent running for the Saskatoon-Humboldt riding which encompasses the University of Saskatchewan campus, is in hot water after telling a room full of pro-life supporters that the Tories are planning to cut funding to the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Though no plans to halt federal funding to the organization have been officially announced, Trost thanked those at the Saskatchewan ProLife Association’s annual convention last Saturday for helping with petitions and said they played a huge role in halting the group’s funding from the Conservative government, according to CBC News.

“Let me just tell you, I cannot tell you specifically how we used it, but those petitions were very, very useful and they were part of what we used to defund Planned Parenthood because it has been an absolute disgrace that that organization and several others like it have been receiving one penny of Canadian taxpayers’ dollars,” Trost told the crowd.

This isn’t the first time the MP has voiced his disapproval of the organization. Trost circulated a petition in 2009 asking the federal government to stop funding the IPPF. The petition accused the group of promoting “the establishment of abortion as an international human right, and lobbies aggressively to impose permissive abortion laws on developing nations,” according to The Sheaf.

This was countered by a petition organized by the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) in support of the group, after student representatives caught word of his initiative.

“The IPPF is directly affiliated with Saskatoon Sexual Health, which helps train the staff of the USSU…. The university does tons of work abroad and IPPF helps with that. These are issues that directly affect students and can have both a positive or negative impact depending on whether this goes through,” Warren Kirkland, then-USSU president, told The Sheaf.

Since Trost’s speech, the Conservative Party has tried to distance themselves from his remarks. Dimitri Soudas, spokesperson for Stephen Harper, told reporters Trost was a “backbench MP who, without question, isn’t aware of the way that our program works” at an emergency press conference Thursday morning.

However, the party has yet to confirm or deny if the IPPF will receive its federal funding. The organization has been waiting for over a year to hear whether or not the Canadian International Development Agency will approve their request for an $18 million grant.


 

MP running for USask riding claims Planned Parenthood funding axed

  1. For those of who are pro-choice, it’s simple: If you believe in the fundamental right to choose, you should respect the right of Canadians to not fund abortion – that should be our choice. Remember, it is Canadian taxpayer’s money we are talking about and no one has a “right” to be subsidized by that money.

    If you argue that lives are at stake and therefore it is justifiable to be anti-choice about funding abortion, then you have just proven what pro-lifers have been saying all along: choice is secondary to human lives. In other words, if you support taking tax money to support abortion, then you are saying it is okay to be anti-choice when you think people’s lives are at stake.

    (If you say the situation is different because real lives are at stake vs when a preborn child’s life is at stake, then again you’ve proven pro-lifers right – the debate is not about choice – we all agree that abortion is a choice – the debate is about what’s chosen; about what is it that we are killing with abortion).

    • If you feel so strongly about it, then I encourage you to set up a charitable organization that performs the many beneficial programs that Planned Parenthood provides, with the exception of abortions. After all, one would have to be completely daft to argue that Planned Parenthood only or primarily focuses on abortions (Unless it’s Not Intended to be a Factual Statement).

      Anyone who has done any research would discover that Planned Parenthood likely does more to prevent the need for abortions than perform them. But since you (and groups of people like you) feel that these programs are secondary to their agenda to spread abortion rights, then by all means set up an organization that promotes sexual health as well as Planned Parenthood with abortion excluded.

      • Money is not needed anymore for PP, now that we are in the ‘internet age’. There is tons of info online about all types of Birth prevention- including the OTC ( without prescription) ‘morning after’ pill valid for 72 hours.

        Being sloppy and waiting until you have to D and C is not cool and VERY uneducated.
        If Abortons are ‘so preferred’ Therefore,how come no one wants to discuss theirs… publicly?
        I want to hear more women publicly discuss their aborton experiences in detail ..as to underscore the pro choice committment.
        I’m not trying to be sarcastic – I ‘m being serious.

        Pro choice – make me a believer.

        Sincerely,
        An Abortion Survivor
        ( a last minute adopted baby)

  2. People should have the Choice, and there is no reason that tax money shouldn’t go to organizations like this. First of all its going to cost tax payers a lot more if we have to support the mother and child until that child is 18!