Include abortion in G8/G20 agenda: Martin

 CBC News

A former prime minister is criticizing the current prime minister’s signature maternal health initiative as Stephen Harper is set to host two major world summits back to back.

Former Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin, who as finance minister promoted and helped establish the G20 which meets in Toronto this weekend, says Harper should have included abortion in his flagship policy proposal for the G8, which meets Friday north of the city.

"Regardless of what your position is on abortion, you’ve got to understand that in a huge number of these cases, some people say the majority of these cases, the mother’s health is at risk, " Martin said in a videotaped interview recorded in April for the online publication The Mark.

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