Justin Trudeau, Feminist Hero, Pledges $650M to Fight Against Anti-Abortion Laws
Can Canada and Justin Trudeau stave off the global threat that President Donald Trump poses to women's health? If a new initiative proposed by the Canadian PM is any indication, they're at least going to try.
Under Trump's presidency, the reproductive rights of women both at home and abroad have already been compromised. This became clear when Trump reinstated the global gag rule just days after taking office, and it was even more evident when the GOP unveiled a dangerous health care plan that, among other things, would defund Planned Parenthood. (And, of course, we can't forget the months of the hostile rhetoric about women on the campaign trail.)
There's clearly slack to pick up when it comes to protecting women's health worldwide, and, short of taking us all in, Canada might just have to be the ones to do it. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used International Women's Day to announce a $650 million initiative aimed at protecting sexual and reproductive rights across the globe. Per Canada's The Globe and Mail, the initiative is a three-year plan that will put money toward programs that will incorporate advocacy, sex education, contraceptives, and safe abortion access. The "Globe" specifically identifies global advocacy against anti-abortion laws as a potential goal of the initiative.
"Advocacy is included in our initiative, so yes, we will support local groups and international groups who advocate for women’s rights, including abortion," International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau explained.
The initiative will also try to reduce the global instances of unsafe abortions, a number that currently sits at around 22 million annually. Speaking at a news conference, Trudeau said, "For far too many women and girls, unsafe abortions and lack of choices in reproductive health mean that they either are at risk and at risk of death or else simply cannot contribute and cannot achieve their potential."
The plan sees Canada getting more liberal with its foreign spending just as the United States is restricting its purse strings. This is particularly noteworthy considering the nation's previous policy specifically denied global funding to abortion-related services and severely limited spending on contraceptive efforts.
If we can't all move to Canada, at least Canada is extending its efforts abroad.
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