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OTTAWA, Dec 2 (LSN) – Tom Merrick, a senior advisor in the Human Resources Network of the World Bank, spoke at the Fifth Canadian Conference on International Health, Nov 15-18, revealing that the international financial institution funds “reproductive health.” Merrick noted that three billion dollars were shelled out last year by the Bank to support “Health, Nutrition and Population.” Jean Ferrari, who reported on the conference for The Ottawa Times, attempted unsuccessfully to have Merrick divulge what percentage of the three billion went into funding each of the three components.  While Merrick denied that the World Bank supported population control he said that the Bank promoted the Cairo Platform of Action. When reminded that the Cairo Conference on Population and Development was all about population control with little or no mention of development, Mr. Merrick chose to move on without addressing the observation. In conclusion he stated “The World Bank finances Reproductive Health, Nutrition and Population.” Thus the “health” component of the Bank’s plan does not allocate funds to primary health care but only to “reproductive health” which includes abortion. When it was drawn to Mr. Merrick’s attention that ‘reproductive health,’ in United Nations terminology, includes abortion, Merrick retorted that four women out of five died of septic abortions in India, last year.  For more information on The Ottawa Times, a conservative newspaper from the Canadian capital upholding pro-life and pro-family values contact the editor at: [email protected]

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