Canada's Abortion Rule: Hard to Manage?

International aid organizations have raised concerns that Canada’s decision not to fund abortions is hard to manage, considering the nature of services delivered by most humanitarian groups offering women’s health services, the Toronto Sun reports. These humanitarian groups usually do not perform abortions but deliver a package of measures, United Nations Millennium Campaign Deputy Director Charles Abugre was quoted as saying. It is difficult to separate funds for what such groups do in general and for what they do on abortion, Glen Pearson, a Liberal critic for international cooperation, explained. He added that it would also be difficult to track the money delivered through the U.N., World Bank and other multilateral organizations.

Aid groups said Canada may stop funding some organizations to avoid spending money on abortion to keep up with its decision.

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.