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Ottawa is especially out of step with the SDG pledge to “ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs,” said Sandeep Prasad, executive director of the pro-choice charity Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. Prasad notes that Canada’s maternal and child health programs currently exclude funding for services that provide women with access to abortion, while “ignoring” services that provide access to contraception.
“There’s no doubt the SDGs commit Canada to supporting access to abortion and contraception, along with a broader array of sexual health services,” said Prasad.