What we’re talking about when we talk about maternal health (II)

Included in CIDA’s explanation of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and what Canada is doing to help meet those goals is this section on maternal health. Included in that is a three-year commitment to the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

CIDA supports the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and is providing $18 million over three years beginning in 2007 to help raise awareness and increase the provision of sexual and reproductive health services. The IPPF supports services provided by 58,000 facilities worldwide to approximately 32 million visitors per year.

Planned Parenthood explicitly includes access to abortion in its mandate. At last report, it was still waiting to hear whether its funding would be renewed.