- Category: World News
- Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016
- CTV News
OTTAWA -- The head of a United Nations agency has criticized the former Conservative government's maternal health care initiative for women and girls in developing countries.
Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund, says the previous government's policy essentially treated women as baby-making machines.
Osotimehin was in Ottawa for the Canadian launch of the UNFPA's report on the world's population.
The Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health was a five-year plan announced in 2010 by the previous government, but it steered clear of supporting abortion and contraceptive measures.
Osotimehin says the initiative has had an impact on maternal health, but insists that women should not be treated as a body to deliver babies but as human beings with rights and dignity.
On Monday, the current Liberal government announced $5 million to the UN organization specifically for contraceptives.
The Conservatives also avoided financing abortions in developing countries, a policy the Trudeau Liberals promised to change.