Canada Still Mum on Planned Parenthood Funding Request

The International Planned Parenthood Federation may have to drastically cut health projects around the globe unless Canada answers an 11-month-old funding request.

“Nearly a year after asking the Canadian government to renew its funding, the International Planned Parenthood Federation is still waiting for an answer and if the money doesn’t come through, the agency says the impact on its work in developing countries will be devastating,” Canwest News Service reports.

IPPF’s most recent funding agreement with the Canadian International Development Agency, worth CAN18 million over three years, ended in December.

Planned Parenthood uses some of its funding for abortion-related sevices. The Canadian government recently announced that it would not fund abortions abroad.

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    Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.