TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's announcement on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 that Canada will use its influence as president of the G8 this year to promote maternal and child healthcare in the developing world, Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition and Vice-President of The International Right to Life Federation said, "It is good that the Prime Minister is going to push for health care for mothers in the developing world. The pro-life movement and pro-life physicians have advocated for such services and provided them for many years."
"We are concerned, however, that groups seeking, under the guise of maternal health, to advocate for abortion and population control have been asked to advise the Government on the matter," he continued. "Canadians want real health care for women in the developing world, such as that provided by pro-life organizations like MaterCare International. Canadians oppose the use of health care terminology to force abortion and sterilization on those women," he said.
Campaign Life Coalition encourages all pro-life supporters to write and call Prime Minister Harper and International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda to insist on an approach to maternal and child health that respects the sanctity of human life.
For further information: Media Contacts: Mary Ellen Douglas, CLC National Organizer (Kingston), (613) 389-4472; Jeff Gunnarson, CLC Toronto Office, (416) 204-9749