A ministry that does good work saving African women’s lives has been denied funding for being too Catholic.
Walley also said that MaterCare being refused money based on its Catholic stance against abortion and contraception is a complete non-issue and should have no influence in the agency’s decision.
“Abortion and birth control are irrelevant to solving the problem of maternal mortality,” he underscored.
“All the deaths occur during the last three months of pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and one week after — so what on earth is a birth control pill or a condom going to do?”
Stressing the urgency of the issue, Walley explained that maternal mortality is “the number one health problem among women of the child bearing age in the world.” A close second is the devastating and socially ostracizing condition of fistulas, which can occur during birth and only be fixed by an operation.
Walley said that in the West, only around 1 in 10,000 women are at risk of death during childbirth, “but in parts of Africa it’s 1 in 7.” To ignore the problem or to obstruct others in their attempt to solve it “is a form of violence to women.”
Bottom line: Canada is willing to make African women pay with their lives in order to punish a good charity for the crime of being Catholic.