Culture of Life Africa has produced this video titled “The dictatorship of the wealthy donor.” The Liberal government announced on International Women’s Day that it would direct $650 million over three years towards ‘sexual and reproductive health and rights ‘ in developing countries. ‘Reproductive health’ for abortion advocates includes abortion. Women in developing countries need basic medicines, prenatal care and birth attendants. These funds directed towards abortion would be better utilized to provide maternal, newborn and child health care. As Culture of Life Africa says in its video, Africans want safe deliveries not abortion. “No one has asked Africans what they want or how they feel” says Obianuju Ekeocha, a Nigerian scientist and president of Culture of Life Africa. But the current government says that the “goal of Canada’s contribution is to reduce unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions, and protect and promote the health and rights ofwomen and girls giving them the opportunity to develop their full potential and contribute to the development of their communities.” However, abortion is not needed for girls and women to realise their full potential. Abortion denies and deprives many unborn girls of any life at all. Abortion cures no disease or medical condition. The government’s plan does not stop at funding abortions. A background document titled Canada’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights-March 8, 2017, announcement informs us that it will include support for “removing judicial and legal barriers to the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and rights.” In other words, this Canadian government seeks to repeal laws against abortion and force its pro-abortion ideology on these developing nations. As reported by the Globe and Mail on March 8th, funds will go to “fighting global anti-abortion laws.” Canada will honour its commitment of $3.5 billion to maternal, newborn andchild health (MNCH) for the years 2015 to 2020. This initiative begun under the previous government did not include funding for abortions nor did it seek to force these nations to legalize abortion. We read in the background document that the $650 million slated for “sexual and reproductive health and rights” aims to “build on and address gaps in our MNCH commitment..” This government calls the funding of abortion filling a gap but in reality what is most needed is basic medical care to improve maternal, newborn and child health. According to a March 8th report by Laura Peyton of CTV News, the $650 million will not come out of the $3.5 billion maternal, newborn and child health program “set up under the previous government”. Dr. Robert Walley of Matercare International (MCI) wrote in 2014 : “Matercare International (MCI) consultants have been working to improve pregnancy outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa for over 30 years, beginning in Nigeria in 1981 and then Ghana, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Haiti (2010) and now since 2005 in Kenya. For me the greatest and most life-changing experience as an Ob/Gyn came during my first direct contact with maternal death in a mission hospital in south-Eastern Nigeria. In over 40 years of practice in Newfoundland, I have never had a mother die of a direct obstetrical cause, haemorrhage, infection, or hypertension. In the mission, however, I recall four direct deaths of young mothers in the course of one weekend. All four deaths could have ben prevented with proper care and supplies. My first reaction was sorrow but then followed anger. As an obstetrician I was outraged, because these deaths simply need not have happened at all. These women died due to neglect, which is a tragic form of violence against one particular group of women, mothers. Since that time, I have worked to make a difference and shine a light on the neglect. … The problem is that the world forgets that maternal mortality is about the death of a mother. Thus, maternal survival depends on their being cared for one at a time, by experienced doctors and midwives in safe clean facilities, with adequate equipment, but also with transport available to go to the mother when life threatening complications arise.
… What they need to consider is the World Health Organization’s most recent list of the causes of death: haemorrhage(mostly post-partum, 35%), hypertension (18%), indirect causes (HIV, anaemia, malaria, 18%), other direct causes (ectopic pregnancy, obstructed labour, pulmonary embolism, 11%), sepsis (9%). These causes amount to 91% of al deaths and occur during the last three months of pregnancy, during labour and delivery, and one week afterwards. The remaining 9% is due to abortion, both spontaneous and induced. Therefore what is needed is what MCI calls the ‘91% solution’, which is the providing of essential obstetrics to every mother.. Abortion and birth control are basically irrelevant to solving this maternal tragedy… MCI’s approach has been to develop a model of rural essential obstetrics which takes into account the lack of adequate maternal healthcare, poor facilities, lack of staff, lack of equipment and transport, and to involve communities in the process (especially women’s groups and traditional birth attendants). So we begin at the rural village level, where 80% of mothers presently deliver, where most maternal deaths occur.” The developing world needs more of the kind of care delivered by Matercare International instead of abortion. But sadly, Canada’s latest goal consists in funding abortion and exerting pressure on these needy countries to legalize the practice. Culture of Life Africa calls this the “dictatorship of the wealthy donor”