G8 Final Communique Draft Shows Agreement On Maternal, Child Health Initiative, Funding Amounts Not Yet Set
A finalÂ communique draft completed last monthÂ for theÂ upcoming G8Â summit states that leaders will agree on a maternal health initiative that focusesÂ on improving access to sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning,Â in the developing world, the Globe and Mail reports. TheÂ draftÂ leaves “G8 countries free to decide whether their programs on reproductive health will fund abortions”Â (Clark, 6/4).
According to the draft, specific funding amounts for theÂ maternal initiative, food security or otherÂ aidÂ hasÂ not yet been agreed onÂ “despite strong words urging concrete measures,” the Canadian Press/CTV News reports. “Instead of singling out abortion for funding, the document refers only to the need to strengthen ‘voluntary family planning’ … With just three weeks to go before the summit in Huntsville, Ont., negotiators are still a long way from agreeing to anything substantial on climate change, the draft shows,” the news service reportsÂ (6/4).
Also, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon recently expressed their support forÂ Canada’s G8 maternal health initiative, the Globe and Mail’s “Ottawa Notebook” writes (Taber, 6/4).Â