Conservative Leadership Candidate and Saskatoon-University MP Brad Trost called on the Trudeau Government, today, to reverse its decision to make an initial contribution of $20 million to a Dutch government-initiated global abortion fund, and to embargo any additional funding for abortion. Trost also asked all Conservative leadership candidates to support his call for a cancellation of funding.
On March 2, 2017 International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced a first instalment of $20 million in funding for international abortion emphasizing that Supporting women and girls “will be at the heart” of the new aid strategy, s will be a pillar of the Justin Trudeau government’s foreign policy.
“To promote abortion among women who cannot access even basic health care, let alone any follow-up care to deal with complications from the abortions they perform, is irresponsible. By funding agencies that promote abortion globally, the Justin Trudeau Government is engaging in the worst form of cultural imperialism,” commented Brad Trost. “I call on Justin Trudeau to cancel this and any future funding to the global abortion fund, and devote all such funding instead to maternal and child health care.”
Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press that “reproductive health rights in Canada and around the world are critical to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” Monsef added, “We’re committed to making sure that women and girls have that choice, because otherwise, this is a form of gender-based violence.”