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Maternal, child health: bureaucrats bolster Liberals’ family-planning focus

The report recommended: “The department should consider widening the scope of the…initiative programming by placing greater emphasis on addressing factors contributing to high maternal, newborn, and child mortality, such as reproductive health.”

Sandeep Prasad, executive director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, said he is “quite gratified” by the fact that a formal report has come out saying “exactly what we’ve been saying for years through our monitoring of the program.”

“For a signature maternal health initiative, one would expect there to be a significant increase in funding for contraception services in addition to funding for safe abortion work,” Mr. Prasad, whose charity calls itself progressive and pro-choice, told The Hill Times in an interview.

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