Catholics call on Canadian government to reconsider position on family

TORONTO, April 7 /CNW/ - Catholic leaders are calling on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reconsider the government's decision to exclude family planning from the G8 initiative on maternal and child health, in a letter released yesterday.

The letter, signed by the president of Catholics for Choice Jon O'Brien and CFC Canada coordinator Rosemary Ganley, demonstrates Catholic support for family planning services and notes: "Historically Canada has played a leading role in the campaign to improve the reproductive health of women around the world."

It concludes: "Maternal mortality can be alleviated through wide access to comprehensive reproductive health care services. It is a basic human right and a matter of social justice to provide women and men access to family planning and abortion services and information to prevent unplanned and high risk pregnancies."

The full letter is available on the website:


For further information: For further information: Rosemary Ganley, Catholics for Choice Canada, Tel: (705) 748-9756; David J Nolan, Director of Communications, Catholics for Choice, 1436 U Street NW, Washington, DC, 20009, Tel: (202) 986-6093

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