OTTAWA, Ontario, September 22, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Canada’s newly-minted Conservative majority government will again fund the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the world’s largest abortion provider, CBC News claimed Thursday morning.
The news service says IPPF will be given $6 million over three years, with the funds restricted to countries where abortion is illegal.
The funding will be used in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mali, Sudan, and Tanzania, and allocated to sex education and contraception, according to the report.
The CBC report appears at odds with a Toronto Star piece from Wednesday, however, in which both IPPF and the government demurred when asked about the grant. A spokesman for International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda told the Star that they had yet to decide on IPPF’s application, and IPPF spokesman Paul Bell told them that they had yet to hear back about their funding proposal.
A spokesman for the Canadian International Development Agency was not immediately available.
The abortion giant, which had been receiving $6 million per year, had not been funded since the end of 2009 following a petition drive by Saskatchewan Conservative MP Brad Trost. During the election season in April, Trost publicly announced that the group was “defunded,” prompting rebukes from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his spokesman.
Trost said it was an “absolute disgrace” that Planned Parenthood would get even “one penny of Canadian taxpayers dollars.” “These dollars could be better allocated to organizations that are more efficient and, I believe, more compassionate and more caring,” he said.
At the time, Oda responded by saying that IPPF would receive funding if the application met their criteria under the G8 maternal health initiative.
“If Planned Parenthood submits an application that falls within the government’s parameters for the G8 Muskoka Initiative, there will be funding,” she said in a statement.
The government’s maternal health initiative, which they spearheaded at G8 meetings in 2010, caused an uproar in Canada after they announced that it would not be used to fund abortion overseas.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
E-mail: [email protected]
Bev Oda, MP (Durham) and Minister of International Cooperation
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Phone: (613) 992-2792
Fax: (613) 992-2794
Email: [email protected]
Brad Trost, MP (Saskatoon-Humboldt)
505B Nelson Road
Saskatoon, SK S7S 1P4
Phone: (306) 975-6133
Toll Free: (866) 797-6133
Fax: (306) 975-6670
E-mail: [email protected]