Clinton Blasted for Pushing Abortion in Canada’s G8 Maternal Health Plan

By Patrick B. Craine,

OTTAWA, Ontario– Canadian and U.S. pro-life leaders are denouncing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she weighed in Tuesday on the debate over the Canadian government’s G8 maternal and child health initiative, insisting plainly that abortion is necessary for maternal health.

“You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion,” she told reporters when asked about Canada’s G8 initiative.

Reacting to Clinton’s comments, Mary Ellen Douglas, national organizer for Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), told LifeSiteNews (LSN), “How dare she stick her pro-abortion nose into Canadian politics.  Hasn’t she done enough damage to the unborn in the U.S.?”

Clinton made the comments at a news conference following a G8 foreign ministers meeting in Gatineau, Quebec.  She began her visit in Ottawa on Monday.

“I do not think governments should be involved in making these decisions. It is perfectly legitimate for people to hold their own personal views based on conscience, religion or any other basis,” she said.  “But I’ve always believed the government should not intervene in decisions of such intimacy.”

Clinton said that maternal health is a “great concern to me and to my government,” noting that the U.S. government is promoting their own global health initiative that promotes access to contraception.  “We are also looking for ways to make women’s choices so that they can avoid abortion – more realistic by providing support for them,” she said.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband agreed with Clinton, saying Britain also does not want to exclude abortion. “We think it’s very important to have a comprehensive family planning aspect as part of the development strategy,” he told CBC.

Conservative MP Brad Trost criticized Clinton for “pok[ing] her nose in areas that are not her business.”

“Canada can make up its own mind on what its policy is on maternal health care and how we define it,” he said.  “The Prime Minister has taken the lead in an initiative to help women’s health and rather than trying to interfere in Canada’s policies by playing up to a domestic American political audience in her own party, she (Clinton) should stick to more fruitful international matters.”

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