NEW YORK, March 25, 2004 ( – Representing Canada, Ambassador Gilbert Laurin delivered a speech at the opening of the Conference on Population and Development Tuesday which startled even veteran pro-life lobbyists at the United Nations by its pro-abortion stridency.  Canada remains a foremost promoter of sexual rights and freedoms for adolescents in full privacy and confidentiality, with the multiple references to “services” being abortion-inclusive. (In June 2001, Canadian representative Andras Vamos-Goldman explicitly defined ‘reproductive health services’ as including abortion for the first time ever at the UN.)  “We should not rest until every woman, man and adolescent is able to meet all their family planning and reproductive health needs,” said Laurin.

He continued, “Canada strongly supports the right to the highest attainable standard of health including the right to make informed choices about one’s own sexual and reproductive health across the life cycles.  Services, which include safe, reliable, and high quality family planning methods as well as information, education and counselling, and services to deal with the causes and consequences of unsafe abortions, are all essential parts of a comprehensive health care program.”“It is vital that we engage young people in planning and decision- making that they have access to information and services including a full range of contraceptives that enable them to make healthy decisions about their reproductive and sexual lives,” he said.  And finally, the Canadian message instructed all countries to improve access to abortion.  “If we are to improve the lives of our populations, there is a need for more countries to meet the ICPD Programme of Action by improving access for everyone to the means to improve their reproductive health through accessible, quality programmes and services.”  UN pro-life lobbyists were left wondering which pro-abortion group wrote Laurin’s speech.  See Laurin’s full address online:


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