May 24th, 2019

Trudeau says U.S. state abortion bans are ‘backsliding on women’s rights’

By The Canadian Press on May 16, 2019.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, Thursday May 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is deeply disappointed in a “backsliding on women’s rights” happening in American states moving to ban abortion access.

Alabama’s legislature passed a law banning virtually all abortions in the state, as other southern and midwestern states make similar moves.

Trudeau told reporters in France today he regrets these U.S. developments.

He re-affirmed his own pro-choice stance and said Canada would remain unequivocal in its defence of a woman’s right to end a pregnancy.

He also called out Conservative politicians for supporting anti-abortion initiatives – something Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef is also doing today.

She has sent a letter to 12 Conservative MPs chastising them for marching in an anti-abortion rally on Parliament Hill last week – which she says shows their willingness to re-open the abortion debate in Canada.

Monsef is calling on Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to clearly re-affirm Canadian women’s right to reproductive health services and to work with the Liberal government to protect legal abortion services in Canada and across the world.

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