Where We Stand On Maternal Health

Where We Stand On Maternal Health

Hopefully the media coverage of the handful of  not-so-peaceful protesters at G20 did not over shadow what the purpose of the summit was for. My fear is that for some women it became too much of a circus too follow and not engaging enough to bring the issues home.

Among many of the issues on the agenda-Maternal Health was one issue this blogger intended to follow closely. This is not a new issue here on the Roar, as I've blogged about it before here and here. While this past month has been hectic for the Roaring Girl to say the least, I can absolutely assure my readers that I've kept up on the issue of Maternal Health while I packed up and moved my family from Northern BC to Vancouver Island. To prove my dedication I attest that even while my two flat screen televisions were packed with care and nestled safely inside a Bandstra moving truck, and my laptop was dead to the world with a battery I could not charge for days..........I still found a way to keep on G8/G20: by reading the daily newspaper.
 
Really. It's that important.

So what's new on Maternal Health after G8/G20? Damn good question. Harper has committed funding to the tune of $1 billion towards child and maternal health initiatives in developing countries according to the CBC. While some folks might run out and jump for joy in the streets with excitement-others are not so quick to celebrate. Critics are quick to ask just how the money will be spent and delivered. The folks over at ONE assert that the G8 meeting in Muskoka fell short because the G8 meeting failed to show 'ambition and clarity':

  On June 25th and 26th, 2010, the G8 met in Muskoka Canada, ahead of the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada. Global development issues on the G8's agenda included maternal, newborn and child health, food security and accountability. Although the G8 made targeted progress in these areas and expressed critical support for a partnership based on mutual accountability to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, their plan to tackle maternal and child health lacked both ambition and clarity and their focus on accountability stopped short of calling on countries who have not yet delivered on commitments to do so urgently.

 For the rest of the article at ONE go check it out here. No really, do it...it's worth the read. The big issue for me here at the Roar is that none of the money will go towards funding abortions. Hmpf. Well, I've said it before, and I'll say it again. SCREW THAT. If Canada wants to big a big show-off at these parties and pledge all kinds of money for "reducing the deaths of women and children" then we must stand up and be smart enough to include abortions in the plan to reduce those deaths. Period.

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