Contraception isn’t a maternal health issue?

God Doesn't Have a Plan BSo get this: Stephen Harper is hosting this year’s G8 Summit in the backwater-come-cottage-country of Muskoka, Ontario.  At last years summit, he chose, as his main social aim of the summit, to address issues of global maternal health… but when it came to laying out the plans for this year’s summit, there was one key omission from the objectives previously outlined by the other G8 leaders: apparently, according to Harper’s lot, contraception and reproductive rights are not part of maternal health.

Read that again.

This seems to summarise the state of Canadian politics; fundamentalist ideology, replacing measured policy.  According to the Globe and Mail, “Two of [Harper’s] senior ministers have said that contraception isn’t part of the initiative as the policy is aimed at saving lives.”

How can this possibly be argued?  Everywhere in the world where people use them, condoms save lives!  I don’t feel that amongst those of you who read this, I would have to make any more of an argument here, but here goes: When sperms have deadly diseases in them – as many of them d0 – condoms keep those diseases from spreading to others… this argument should be enough to put it on the maternal health agenda, methinks…

Christian fundos are still running our government, even after the rapture-preaching Doomsdayists of the Bush junta have had to bow-out from such activities south of the 49th… Scary to think we might actually be setting a lower bar than the Americans on such an important global issue…

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4 responses to “Contraception isn’t a maternal health issue?

  1. I’m not surprised at all..although I am dismayed. Very good point!

    • …I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked either at this stage, Alice, it just seems the total lack of self-awareness by Harper and Co., that what they are doing is completely out-of-line with even the other G8 nations (not always known as a radically progressive bunch themselves) is a bit self-destructive… Those shades of governmental sociopathy/psychopathy, that doesn’t recognise when it has done something that everyone watching thinks is totally nuts, kinda scares me. One more example that there is no amount of global public opinion that will convince them that what they are doing is wrong… but that’s what fundamentalism in government means, I suppose… Canada needs a bit of a revolt… not sure exactly what that will look like, but the current path is untenable…
      Thanks for your comment!

  2. This is absolutely obscene. I understand the excuses, how in many of these countries people object to contraceptives for religious reasons. Shouldn’t countries that are more enlightened take on the responsibility of trying to educate these people though? To leave these issues out entirely however, is cowardly, extremely lazy and totally irresponsible!!!!! These are HUMAN RIGHTS issues!! They must be addressed!!!!!

    • Sadly Alex, I think it’s much worse than the lazy and irresponsible argument; this is the influence of the Christian right wing on Canadian politics. Contraception and abortion were explicitly taken-off an agenda that had been set out by the other G8 countries last year.

      George Dubya and Co. were incredibly explicit that they would not fund anything HIV/AIDS-related through USAID that was not entirely abstinence-based… Harper, though without stating it as explicitly, seems to be adopting a similar approach. But without Dubya in the White House, Canada is looking increasingly isolated as the fringe lunatic right amongst the G8 nations…

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