Maternal madness

How an initiative to help mothers and children in the developing world became all about abortion

March 24, 2010 | by Andrea Mrozek , Manager of Research and Communications, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
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  3. Journalist Brian Lilley is approached by Action Canada employee, Jennifer Kitts who explains that “family planning is key to reducing maternal mortality and infant deaths.” Lilley goes on to recount what happened: “Now I quickly understood how family planning could reduce maternal death but when I asked her to explain how family planning could help children live past their 5th birthday, Ms. Kitts became nervous and asked me to turn off my recorder. I asked her the question again and she told me she would have to do the interview later. The coin eventually dropped; the people at Action Canada plan to reduce infant mortality by reducing the number of infants born. A major part of family planning for ACPD is abortion.”
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  11. The brief says: “We call on you to contact your government’s foreign ministry and arrange a meeting with the person responsible for the G8 and/or G20 summits. We encourage you to ask them to write a letter to the Canadian government expressing support for a comprehensive approach to addressing maternal and child health, with explicit reference to the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly access to family planning, including contraception."
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