May 31 2019
Trudeau Uses Meeting with VP Mike Pence over New Trade Agreement for Anti-Abortion Dispute
It should come as no surprise that Canadian PM Trudeau would take an opportunistic time to turn an historical meeting…
It should come as no surprise that Canadian PM Trudeau would take an opportunistic time to turn an historical meeting for the new North American free trade agreement with VP Mike Pence into a dispute over abortion. After all, it was his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who legalized abortion-on-demand in Canada precisely 50 years ago when his Omnibus Bill passed on May 14 1969. In opposing ideologies, VP Mike Pence signed Indiana law barring abortions based on a fetus’ sex, race or disability in 2016 when he was then-governor, which was later blocked by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
PM Trudeau says he’ll bring up anti-abortion laws in U.S. during meeting with VP Mike Pence Thursday, as reported by the CBC:
U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence has arrived on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on a range of issues, including ratification of the new North American free trade agreement.
The vice-president’s primary reason for coming to Ottawa is to push for the quick ratification of the new NAFTA, which the U.S. has renamed the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA.
However, prior to his visit, the prime minister said the two will have a “broad conversation” that will include the growing number of new American laws restricting abortion at the state level.
“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.
“I will have a broad conversation with the vice president in which, of course, that’ll come up.”
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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill earlier this month banning abortion beyond eight weeks of pregnancy. The law allows exceptions in the case of a medical emergency — but not for pregnancies that result from rape or incest
Parson’s state is one of eight where Republican-controlled legislatures this year have passed new restrictions on abortion.
Governors in Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as the sixth week of pregnancy.
Earlier this month, Alabama’s state legislature passed a law making it illegal for doctors to perform the procedure. Doctors that provide abortions in the state face a prison term of up to 99 years — and just as in Missouri, there are no provisions in the law for rape or incest.
Arkansas’s newly passed law is less restrictive, banning abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy while providing exceptions under the law for incest, rape and medical emergencies.
In Indiana, two new laws dealing with abortion were passed this year, one of which gives doctors the legal option of refusing to perform an abortion.
No plans to reopen abortion debate: Scheer
Abortion has been legal in Canada since 1988, when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down laws against it.
The federal Liberals have accused the Conservatives of wanting to reopen the abortion debate — something party leader Andrew Scheer has insisted he will not do.
“The only person who is bringing up this issue time and time again is Justin Trudeau,” Scheer said. “I’ve made it very, very clear. Canadians can have absolute confidence that a Conservative government after the election in October will not reopen this issue.”
After question period Wednesday, Bloc Quebecois MP Monique Pauzé stood and asked her fellow MPs to reaffirm that “a woman’s body belongs to her and to her alone and recognize her right to choose an abortion regardless of the reason.”
Bloc, NDP and Liberal MPs gave Pauzé a standing ovation, while Conservative MPs remained seated.
Earlier this month, Trudeau sent a scathing message to Conservatives when issuing a fundraising letter in support for women to murder their babies in their own wombs, under the typical Liberal label of ‘women’s rights’ and ‘human rights.’
‘Unborn’ and ‘Preborn’ babies do not have human rights under current Liberal government.
The left-leaning Liberal media CBC reported earlier this month on Trudeau’s statement:
Trudeau said he is “deeply disappointed” by “backsliding” on abortion rights in the U.S. and around the world, and promised that Canada will remain a staunch defender of a woman’s right to choose.
Trudeau said Canadians can feel reassured that the federal government will continue to stand “unequivocally” for women’s rights and the right to choose, and that people around the world can know they “will always have an ally and a defender in Canada.”
Trudeau pointed the finger at conservative politicians for repealing women’s rights.
Liberal fundraising letter
The Liberal Party of Canada issued a fundraising letter to supporters of reproductive rights, calling it “alarming” that a dozen Conservatives attended last week’s “March for Life” rally on Parliament Hill.
“While some Conservative MPs are trying to reopen that debate by speaking at anti-choice events, screening anti-choice films, or empowering conservative politicians who ‘pledge to make abortion unthinkable in our lifetime,’ Liberals know that women in Canada have the right to make their own health decisions,” the pitch for donations said.
“Women’s rights are human rights, and we need to send a message that no one — including Andrew Scheer or any member of his caucus — has the authority to dictate to women what they can and cannot do with their own bodies.”
The letter listed the names and ridings of the Conservative MPs who attended the rally, saying they have been busy “working to roll back women’s rights” as the Liberals remain focused on ensuring that safe and legal abortion services are available to all Canadian women.