’Misrepresent the government’s position’

The Prime Minister’s Office tells CP the government will not be funding abortion overseas as part of its maternal health plan and a spokeswoman for International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda says Ms. Oda’s comments to the Ottawa Citizen were “taken out of context and misrepresent the government’s position.” (Though a LifeSiteNews report had Ms. Oda’s office not taking issue with how the comments were rendered.)

Ms. Oda’s office also tells CP that it is “inaccurate” to suggest Planned Parenthood is, to use Elizabeth Payne’s words, “on the verge” of once again receiving funding from the federal government. But a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, which applied to have its funding renewed more than a year ago, tells me that the IPPF is “engaged in active discussions about the possibilities for … future funding with CIDA.”

Meanwhile, in light of the Citizen’s story, the Campaign Life Coalition had called for Ms. Oda to be removed from her ministerial post.