Pressure for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to include access to abortion in his G8 maternal health policy is coming from a somewhat unlikely source—a Catholic group. Catholics For Choice, American-based organization with about 100 Canadian members, says that family planning is essential to maternal health, especially for poor women. “We urge the Canadian government to return to its leading role in advocating for family planning, including in the G8 agreement on maternal health,” the group wrote in a letter to the Prime Minister. “In so doing, the government will have the support of Catholics domestically and internationally in your efforts to help reduce maternal mortality.”
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