Wednesday, March 31, 2010

One of these things...

Update (7:45 p.m.) below. not like the other.

...Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said family planning — including safe abortion — must be among the services that are included and an array of development and health-care organizations have agreed.
David Miliband:
U.K. foreign secretary David Miliband endorsed Clinton's view in a CBC television interview later, saying his government would fund initiative that included access to safe abortion.

"We think it's very important to have a comprehensive family planning aspect as part of the development strategy," Miliband said.
"You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health and reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortions," Clinton said at a news conference after a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized countries. "This is an issue of great concern to me and to my government."
Harper emphasized nutrition, clean water and inoculations as the kind of programs he is looking for.
Harper has tried to exclude those three elements from his initiative. He agreed that contraception may be a part of it only when he faced a growing backlash two weeks ago, but has maintained a strong stance against the initiative having anything to do with abortion.
That's all. I think the point has been made loudly and clearly for Canadians after the helpful G8 foreign minister session. Thanks for coming, G8 types.

Update: Video from CBC last night wrapping up the visit...