Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he plans to take time away from his international trade meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to complain about the pro-life laws in America.
The Daily Mail reports Pence, who is pro-life, traveled to Ottawa on Thursday for the meeting with Trudeau, who supports abortion on demand. The focus of their meeting is trade relations, but Trudeau said he will bring up the abortion issue as well.
“Obviously I am very concerned with the situation around the backsliding of women’s rights that we’re seeing from conservative movements here in Canada, in the United States and around the world,” Trudeau said Wednesday, according to the CBC.
Trudeau also told a reporter that he “will always defend women’s rights,” meaning abortions.
“I will have a broad conversation with the vice president in which, of course, that’ll come up,” he continued. “But we’re going to mostly focus on the ratification process of NAFTA and making sure that we get good jobs for Canadians.”
In the not too distant past, however, the prime minister let his abortion advocacy get in the way of economics.
For 2018, his administration introduced a controversial new mandate for its Summer Jobs program, which provides employment to students throughout Canada. Anyone applying for grants through the program had to sign a waver saying they support “reproductive rights” (abortion on demand) as a “core” value.
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The move prompted a massive outcry from people of many different faiths and cultural backgrounds, and a number of programs that support immigrants, run camps for low-income and inner city children and provide other social services said they would have to close.
That year, Trudeau’s administration rejected a record 1,500 summer job grant applications because they “either didn’t check off the [pro-abortion] attestation or included a clarification or modification of it,” the National Post reported. In comparison, it rejected 126 applications in 2017.
In December, however, the administration backtracked on the mandate.
In contrast, Pence has been a consistent, long-time advocate for unborn babies. As governor of Indiana, he signed a law to ban discriminatory abortions based on an unborn baby’s sex, race or disability and to provide a dignified burial of aborted babies remains. He also supported adoption tax credits, umbilical cord donations, and better informed consent measure for women seeking abortions, including full-color photos displaying an unborn babies’ development.
Abortions are legal for any reason up to birth in Canada. Its extreme laws drew international attention in 2016 after a woman defended aborting her unborn baby boy at 35 weeks because of skeletal abnormalities. Two hospitals refused to abort her unborn son because his disabilities were not severe; but a third agreed.
In America, limits on abortion vary by state. The U.S. Supreme Court prohibited states from banning abortions before viability in Roe v. Wade, but some states passed laws this year to ban abortions completely or early in the first trimester, hoping the high court will reconsider its infamous abortion ruling.