Statement made on 26 April 2012 by Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette
Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
The government has already cut funding to organizations that promoted women's health and family planning in developing countries through CIDA, especially countries that cannot fund clinics where a woman could possibly have access to abortion.
Faced with such negative decisions and budget cuts to organizations working in the area of women's health, how will the leader, as a senator and a woman, ensure that the policies of her government regarding the status of women will not eventually lead to the abolition of the department responsible for women's issues?
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