Catholic Group Urges PM to Include Abortion in G8 Initiative
A Catholic group is calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to include family planning in a G8 initiative on maternal and child health.
In a letter to Harper, the group Catholics for Choice argues that access to abortion services is a basic human right and a matter of social justice.
The group adds that maternal mortality can be alleviated through wide access to reproductive health care services.
Harper has so far refused to include abortion in his initiative on maternal health to be presented at the G8 summit in Huntsville, Ont., in June.
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said in late March that this stance has turned into an international embarrassment for Canada.
The federal government says contraception will be part of the G8 initiative but that it won’t re-open the abortion debate.
This article originally appeared in the Canadian Press.