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Canada considering global fund to counter Trump abortion directive

Sandeep Prasad, executive director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, said Ottawa should join the global fund sooner rather than later.

“We need to see countries like Canada stepping up to a leadership role,” Mr. Prasad said. “The need has deepened significantly with Trump’s decision to reinstate the global gag rule.”

Mr. Prasad said the Liberal government has only taken “baby steps” toward fulfilling its commitment to closing the gaps in reproductive rights and health care for women around the world. Last March, Ottawa announced $76-million for reproductive health initiatives, including $5-million for the United Nations Population Fund’s contraceptive-supplies program. However, none of the money went to funding abortion services in recipient countries.

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