Conservatives' abortion announcement
Queen’s University law professor Kathleen Lahey is available to discuss the Conservatives’ announcement that Canada’s foreign aid contributions to maternal and child health will not include funding abortions.
“Who gave Stephen Harper the right to make this ‘choice’ for all women in developing countries? The government's announcement that its maternal health funding cannot cover abortion-related medical services reveals lack of any understanding that illegal abortions and lack of choice are among the deadliest risks to women in relation to ‘maternal health’. It also places Canada in violation of its international legal commitments to women,” says Professor Lahey. “Canada should be standing with the rest of the G8 insisting that all overseas maternal health aid programs include meaningful choices for women about whether they will go through pregnancy and childbirth in the first place”
Professor Lahey specializes in issues concerning women and taxation, gender analysis, and poverty in conjunction with her teaching in tax law, policy, and equality law, and has been involved in equality cases brought under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She was the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law and has served on the Law Reform Commission of Canada Advisory Panel on Adult Relationships, and the Ontario Advisory Council on Women's Issues.
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