It's the most talked-about issue at the G-8 summit: Canada's refusal to pay for abortions, as part of funding for maternal and child healthcare in developing nations.
On last night's show, we spoke with a critic who disagreed with the Harper government's decision. Charles Abugre of the United Nations Millennium Campaign stressed the importance of making safe abortions accessible to women.
That interview provoked many of you to share your thoughts. We got the following email from Emilie Sion from Vancouver, British Columbia. She wrote:
"I cannot express how disappointed I am with my government's refusal to support abortion for poor women. Think of all the women in those countries that are raped. Does Canada feel that they should bear the children of the men that raped them? Does Canada think that they should have child after child when they can barely feed themselves?"
That came to us from Emilie Sion in Vancouver. But some agreed with the Harper decision. For example, Jim -- no last name provided -- who sent us this email:
"Using taxpayer money to fund a controversial procedure like abortion is simply immoral. Those individuals and organizations who have no regard for unborn human life should reach into their own pockets. It seems to me that the Canadian government got it exactly right on this one. By taking funding for abortions off the table they put the focus exactly where it should be: on the non-controversial issues pertaining to maternal and child health."
And we also got this note from Greg Langston -- who wrote:
"Clearly abortion need not be the only, or even top, priority in promoting maternal health. But it is a key component in a robust health plan, and its inclusion should be up to the organizations funded."
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