The unavoidable issue (II)

Elizabeth Payne talks to International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda and detects some ambiguity in the government’s position on funding abortion overseas.

[It] seems more likely that Canada’s direct aid to Mali, Mozambique and other countries will take the form of help to build more rural health centres and train badly needed caregivers as well as providing clean water and support for organizations that provide nutritious food. But, in addition, the federal government supports Marie Stopes International, which provides family planning in Africa, and is on the verge of re-funding International Planned Parenthood, according to Oda.

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