Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hillary Clinton Plays Abortion Politics With Funding to Prevent Third World Maternal Deaths

US Secretary of State is shamefully playing politics at the G8 summit and trying to set conditions on funding to prevent maternal deaths in third world countries. Is she trying to prevent terrorism or end the scourge of rape and murder many women in the third world have to endure? No. She is trying to hold up the funding over abortion rights.

The Corner reported:
The numbers are shocking: In Sierra Leone, 16 percent of all infants perish, and 28 percent of all children die before they reach the age of five. In thirteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 1,000 women die in childbirth for every 100,000 live births. In Afghanistan, one in eight women will die as a result of bearing children. All in all, 99 percent of maternal deaths worldwide occur in developing countries...

Given this, one would expect there to be universal support for Canada’s leadership in taking on these problems and working to meet these critical needs. But the Obama administration is obstructing this positive consensus. Hillary Clinton, when asked about Canada’s G8 plan to address infant and maternal health in the developing world, said the following: “You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion.”

It is surprising that Hillary Clinton would insist on funding for abortion and risk derailing...

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