Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to assist American women in accessing abortion.
“In Canada, we support unequivocally women’s right to choose. It is a fundamental tenet of freedom,” Trudeau said. “[It] is a fundamental tenet of our society. We stand up for women’s rights.”
“As we see in the United States attempts to roll back rights that women have fought for for generations, the idea that there are young girls growing up in the United States who will have less rights over their own bodies than their mothers did is exactly what Canadians, Americans, and people all around the world are so concerned about,” he added.
“We need to make sure we are standing up for people’s rights and freedoms. In Canada, we will do that by ensuring access to abortion for every Canadian who wants it and we will make sure we continue to fight for better health and reproductive rights all around the world. It used to mean being there to fight for health and reproductive rights in the global south. We’ll help out in the United States if we need to, as well,” Trudeau told the press at the United Nations on Wednesday.
“In Canada, it is medical professionals who make determinations around what is best for mothers, particularly in late terms,” he said.
This is not the first time the Canadian politician has weighed in on the abortion debate in the United States, calling it “horrific” when the Supreme Court effectively ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade in its Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision this summer.
“My heart goes out to the millions of American women who are now set to lose their legal right to an abortion. I can’t imagine the fear and anger you are feeling right now,” he reportedly said on Twitter. “No government, politician, or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body.”
Trudeau also mentioned the topic at a summit in Rwanda on the day the ruling was released.
“Today I think of those generations of women around the world and specifically in the United States who fought so hard to gain rights … and are facing this devastating setback,” he said. “It shows how much standing up and fighting for rights matters every day.”
In Canada, there is no law concerning abortion. Rather, it falls under the same rules as other medical practices and is regulated in local jurisdictions and groups. In 1988, the procedure was decriminalized in the country.