Is Canadian government cash helping to back El Salvador’s harsh abortion law?

Is Canadian government cash helping to back El Salvador's harsh abortion law?
Federal funding supports prosecutors enforcing what some have called the most draconian abortion law anywhere

Evan Dyer · CBC News
Posted: May 30, 2019

In the end, Imelda Cortez's story was too much even for El Salvador's famously harsh courts. Her case was making news around the world, and DNA had confirmed that the newborn she was accused of attempting to murder was the product of rape by a 70-year-old stepfather who'd abused her throughout her childhood.

Cortez, 20, the daughter of a poor rural family, insisted she didn't know she was pregnant until she entered an outhouse and a child came out.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/el-salvador-abortion-trudeau-ottawa-1.5153265

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Ottawa to encourage more countries to offer contraception, abortion, minister says

Ottawa to encourage more countries to offer contraception, abortion, minister says

Vicky Fragasso-Marquis
The Canadian Press
November 11, 2018

Canada will continue to encourage other countries to offer more family planning services including contraception and abortion because they’re key to fighting poverty, the country’s international development minister said Sunday.

Marie-Claude Bibeau said Canada will continue to speak “frankly” with other countries on the need for such services, even if it remains controversial in some circles.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ottawa-to-encourage-more-countries-to-offer-contraception-abortion-2/

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Despite Progress, Over 200 Million Women Still Waiting for Modern Contraception

Despite Progress, Over 200 Million Women Still Waiting for Modern Contraception

By Thalif Deen

OTTAWA, Canada, Oct 23 2018 (IPS) - The international community will be commemorating two milestones in the history of population and development next year: the 50th anniversary of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the 25th anniversary of a Programme of Action (PoA) adopted at the1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.

“Let’s use these important benchmarks to launch accelerated action – together. Starting here in Ottawa,” UNFPA Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem told a gathering of over 150 parliamentarians from more than 60 countries who were meeting in the Canadian capital to review the progress made in several key socio-economic issues on the UN agenda, including reproductive health, maternal and infant mortality, family planning, female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage, women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Continued: http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/10/despite-progress-200-million-women-still-waiting-modern-contraception/

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Canada – Humanitarian experts laud Trudeau’s commitment to reproductive services abroad

Humanitarian experts laud Trudeau’s commitment to reproductive services abroad

By Janice Dickson
Published on Mar 22, 2018

Humanitarian groups are lauding the federal government’s commitment to initiatives abroad that focus on sexual reproductive health services — noting it as a marked change from the previous government that excluded those services.

“I just want to commend the government of Canada for their incredible leadership in keeping gender equity and sexual reproductive rights at the forefront of [its] feminist foreign policy and core part of all the humanitarian aid and support,” said Christina Wegs of CARE International and the lead on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Continued: https://ipolitics.ca/2018/03/22/humanitarian-experts-laud-trudeaus-commitment-to-reproductive-services-abroad/

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Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda

Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda
The Lancet
Published: 15 July 2017
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31860-3

Since his election in November, 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government has promised forward-looking health policies. Canada has always been seen as a global citizen in health, international affairs, and foreign aid, but under Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government (2006–15), credibility was questioned as he tilted Canada’s development programme for health and overseas aid priorities to align with trade goals, and his flagship Muskoka Initiative for maternal and child health ignored women’s reproductive health rights.

The announcement on June 9 of a CAN$5 billion annual aid plan for the next 5 years, directed at women’s organisations in the Global South, has now been welcomed as a feminist foreign aid strategy. 95% of Canadian foreign aid will now be committed to criteria specific to women, with the goal of empowering and improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women and their children.

Continued at source: The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)31860-3/fulltext

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Canada stumps up cash for family planning in developing world, but won’t criticize Trump for stepping back

Canada stumps up cash for family planning in developing world, but won't criticize Trump for stepping back
'We have different views. This is very clear,' says minister about U.S. stance on abortion

By Peter Zimonjic, Catherine Cullen,
CBC News Posted: Jul 11, 2017

Canada appears unwilling to criticize the U.S. for pulling back from funding family planning in developing countries, even as the Trudeau government steps in to fill some of the void left behind by the Trump administration.

Speaking from the Family Planning Summit in London, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau acknowledged the need for countries and private donors to offer funding to empower women.

Continued at source: CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-bibeau-london-trump-1.4198786

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International development groups welcome Canada’s $241.5M family planning funding pledge

International development groups welcome Canada’s $241.5M family planning funding pledge

By Levon Sevunts
Tuesday 11 July, 2017

International development and aid groups are welcoming Canada’s commitment to spend up to $241.5 million to support projects that will provide “critical sexual and reproductive health services,” filling some of the void left behind by the Trump administration.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made the announcement at the Family Planning Summit in London, in the United Kingdom, on Tuesday.

Continued at source: Radio Canada International: http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/07/11/international-development-groups-welcome-canadas-241-5m-family-planning-funding-pledge/

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Canada: Trudeau government unveils reproductive health projects

Trudeau government unveils reproductive health projects

Geoffrey York
JOHANNESBURG — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017

Less than three years after legalizing abortion, Mozambique is getting a new aid package from the Canadian government: More than $18-million to support abortion and family-planning services.

The project, announced on Tuesday, is the first specific example of how the Trudeau government is venturing into foreign-aid policies not permitted under the previous Conservative government – or the Trump administration in Washington.

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/trudeau-government-unveils-reproductive-health-projects/article35652268/

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Canada: Catholic bishops say Trudeau playing politics with abortion in foreign aid

Catholic bishops say Trudeau playing politics with abortion in foreign aid
Letter to foreign affairs minister criticizes policy speech and decision to direct aid to reproductive rights

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
Posted: Jul 10, 2017

Catholic leaders are criticizing the Trudeau government for allowing "political ideology" to dictate its advocacy of abortion rights in its new feminist international development policy.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is also questioning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for spending hundreds of millions more on the issue than on famine in Africa, and the emphasis on family planning that came when International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau unveiled Canada's retooled foreign aid policy.

Continued at source: CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/roman-catholic-bishops-abortion-trudeau-foreign-policy-1.4198352

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She Decides!!! A global initiative to challenge the hegemony of the US government in funding family planning and abortion

FEATURE: She Decides!!! A global initiative to challenge the hegemony of the US government in funding family planning and abortion

March 10, 2017, by Safe Abortion

The story to date
On 22 January 2017, the Global Gag Rule was reinstated by Donald Trump the day after he took office. (See the Campaign newsletter report of 27 January which outlines the history of the Gag Rule, which goes back 32 years, the consequences it had for NGOs in the past and the current picture.)

Six short weeks later, on 3 March 2017, as reported in the PAI Washington Memo of 7 March, USAID had inserted a new section Mexico City Policy (March 2017) into the guidance governing USAID funding to NGOs outside of the USA that is "applicable to all awards that include family planning funds".

A notice to USAID headquarters and field staff stated that this new section will be inserted into all new USAID family planning assistance grants and cooperative agreements, and also into existing agreements “when such agreements are amended to add incremental funding”. Thus, it will not be applied to already existing grants, but only if new funding is added to them or for new grants. The notice emphasises that the Gag Rule does not apply to agreements with foreign governments or multilateral organizations, consistent with implementation during the previous Bush administration. However, the US government has other policies with similar restrictions for the governments and inter-governmental agencies it funds, such as UNFPA. And unlike the Gag Rule, which was rescinded under Clinton and Obama, these other policies have been operative non-stop for decades.

Continued at source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://us12.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c02a095d6213ac4bd2aed2e81&id=bd2731fc6d&e=3fa4c971b0

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