Human Rights

Canada pledges nearly $9M to fund international abortion industry

Canada’s International Development Minister Karina Gould announced on June 9, 2020, that Canada is dedicating $8.9 million for “reproductive health services”—including abortion—in foreign nations. This will include $4.9 million directly given to UK-based abortion giant Marie Stopes International, which was recently shut down in Niger for committing illegal abortions.

“We feel particularly right now that it’s important to make this funding announcement to demonstrate that we are still committed to SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights) even in a pandemic and actually highlighting the fact that these needs exist and are, in fact, exacerbated by the current pandemic,” said Gould. “This funding will help ensure those services can be delivered.”

READ: Canada’s Trudeau administration using COVID-19 money to fund ‘reproductive rights’

Marie Stopes has been the subject of scandals in recent years. The abortion conglomerate was caught coercing women into abortions and even throwing the bodies of aborted babies into open garbage cans. Additionally, the documentary “Strings Attached,” produced by Culture of Life Africa, exposed the pipeline of money funneled from Western countries to African nations for abortion and contraception. The UK’s healthcare regulator Care Quality Commission issued “a damning report of Marie Stopes” in 2016 after 2,634 “serious breaches of practice” occurred between 2015 and 2016, and in 2017 one UK physician reported “nearly 400 botched abortions” were committed in just two months at Marie Stopes facilities.

“What about in developing countries where the health service is not as good, where there’s not a regulator, where people aren’t carrying out inspections?” he asked. “If [Marie Stopes International] is not following instructions here, what are they going to do in an unregulated situation [like in African countries]?”

Women in Africa have said Marie Stopes has “ruined my life” and claimed abortionists did not use anesthesia on them even during second-trimester surgical abortions. Others report receiving no counseling prior to their abortions and, reportedly, a Marie Stopes abortionist showed at least one woman the pieces of her baby after a dismemberment (D&E) abortion.

 

“Nothing prepared me for the deep wounds inflicted on African people and communities by Western donors,” Obianuju Ekeocha, founder and president of Culture of Life Africa, told American Life League. “Some of the women I interviewed had such painful stories about their experiences. I believe that they’re victims of human rights abuses by Western pharmaceutical companies in collaboration with organizations like Marie Stopes International.”

Yet Canada continues to funnel millions of dollars to this dangerous organization, using the excuse of a global pandemic to do so. Through this funding, the pro-abortion government of Canada will cause the deaths of even more preborn children in developing nations and will also further prevent women of color in foreign nations from having children. While African nations have been asking for access to medical equipment including ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak, Western nations have been answering their calls for help with abortion and birth control.

In addition to the money for Marie Stopes, Canada will also give $2 million to Ipas, an international group that aims to expand abortion and contraception in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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