Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dear Lawrence Cannon

Since we're all writing letters these days...this post is addressed to Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence "Loose" Cannon on the occasion of his confirmation that maternal health funding from Canada will not include family planning:
The Conservative government has offered an explanation for why it will exclude contraception from its initiative to improve the health of mothers in poor countries: Birth control doesn't fit with saving lives.

In no uncertain terms, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon yesterday ruled out any kind of family-planning programs being included in Canada's "signature" initiative at June's G8 summit - a strategy to improve the health of mothers and young children in poor countries.

"It does not deal in any way, shape or form with family planning. Indeed, the purpose of this is to be able to save lives," Mr. Cannon told the Foreign Affairs committee.
Let's listen to Hillary Clinton by way of response to Mr. Cannon: