World Health Organization: Obama Makes U.S. Better Than Canada Promoting Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 15, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

World Health Organization: Obama Makes U.S. Better Than Canada Promoting Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 15
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — The head of the World Health Organization said yesterday that President Barack Obama has the United States doing a better job than Canada at promoting abortion abroad. Dr. Margaret Chan said more abortion promotion is needed to improve maternal health numbers even though a report shows they’re already improving.

Chan joined other United Nations officials yesterday at a press conference announcing more initiatives to reduce maternal mortality.

Beforehand, according to the Vancouver Sun newspaper, she praised Obama for promoting abortion, saying Canadian officials need to follow his lead.

"I am very pleased to see the change in President Obama — this is really wonderful; sometimes . . . it is not easy for outside people to tell them what to do," she said.

"In the case of Canada, I think I respect the government and its people to decide what is their right investment — and I am sure that this is the discussion that is going on," she added.

Last year, Obama moved during his first week in office to overturn the Mexico City Policy and force Americans to fund groups that promote and perform abortions abroad.

He then reversed a Bush administration decision to revoke $34 million in funding from the UN Population Fund after it was found to promote abortions and work hand-in-hand with Chinese officials who rigorously enforce Chinas’ one-child policy with forced abortions and other human rights abuses. Obama restored the funding and increased it to $50 million.

And last month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Canada that any effort to boost maternal health must include promoting abortion.

Chan’s comments come as a new report in The Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal, showed the number of women dying each year from childbirth had fallen to about 342,900 in 2008, down from 526,300 in 1980.

Those drops come despite the fact that more nations have not gone along with the agenda of legalizing abortions. Some have even tightened up their abortion limits.

“This new study is further proof that it is clean water, clean blood and adequate access to health care—not abortion on demand—that will help pregnant women and their babies globally,” Scott Fischbach, director of the MCCL Global Outreach program, told

The New York Times article quotes Dr. Richard Horton, who states he received pressure from maternal mortality advocacy groups not to release the new findings.

“For years the advocates of abortion have used the maternal mortality issue to overthrow pro-life laws in country after country,” Fischbach continued. “Without the maternal mortality argument, another gaping hole exists in their push for abortion on demand.”

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