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Harper Summit, Toronto

The upcoming Toronto summit called by Prime Minister Stephen Harper seeks to address maternal, newborn and child health. The summit, to be held May 28-30, will convene global leaders and Canadian experts and comes almost four years after Harper launched the so-called Muskoka Initiative aimed at saving the lives of mothers and young children in the developing world.

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OTTAWA - Pro-life groups say they will keep a hopeful but watchful eye on an upcoming Toronto summit called by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to address maternal, newborn and child health.

The summit, to be held May 28-30, will convene global leaders and Canadian experts and comes almost four years after Harper launched the so-called Muskoka Initiative aimed at saving the lives of mothers and young children in the developing world. The purpose of the summit is to “take stock of the progress made to date and discuss the way forward,” according to a government news release. [...]

Despite that [CIDA Minister Bev Oda awarded the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) $6 million], LifeCanada executive director Natalie Hudson Sonnen said “it is encouraging to see Canada taking the lead with this very pressing international issue.” She noted that maternal and child mortality has been “cut in half ” in some poverty-stricken countries.

Like Brownrigg, however, Sonnen questioned an agenda, she said is “to promote abortion and contraception, the world over. It is the new colonialism.”

Sonnen alleged that $40 million CIDA awarded to the United Nations Population Front (UNFPA) supports “organizations notorious for providing abortions.” At the same time, she said MaterCare International, devoted entirely to obstetrical care in Africa, has applied for government funding 12 times and been denied each time.

“While not a penny of Canadian tax dollars would go towards abortion with an organization like MaterCare, the IPPF and the UNFPA, regardless of whether or not they are providing abortions, are most certainly using our tax dollars to provide powerful contraceptives to women in these developing countries,” Sonnen said. “They also use the funding to lobby governments both at the local and regional levels for ‘sexual and reproductive rights,’ the euphemism for abortion.”(Emphasis added)