Liberals promise to fund abortion in developing countries in newly released platform
OTTAWA, October 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Liberal leader Justin Trudeau confirmed in his newly released election platform that his party, if voted in, will reverse the current Conservative ban on funding abortion in developing countries.
The 88-page platform document was released Monday. Under a heading titled “help for the world’s poor” the Liberals promise to “cover the full range of reproductive health services” — which necessarily includes abortion — as part of Canada’s foreign aid policy to developing countries.
“Closing existing gaps in reproductive rights and health care can and will save lives,” the policy document states.
The announcement comes on the heels of Trudeau attacking Prime Minister Harper at a leaders debate last week for allowing women to die from “unsafe abortion” due to the Conservative’s decision to defund abortion in 2010 as part of its Muskoka Maternal, Newborn and Child Health commitment overseas.
During the September 28 debate, Trudeau touted abortion as a mechanism for removing families from poverty, criticizing Harper for “not doing everything we should be doing to help mothers and the most vulnerable throughout the world to remove people from poverty.”
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Pro-life leaders have called Trudeau’s views on abortion “extreme.” Trudeau has disallowed pro-life MPs in his party and and said he will force any Liberal MPs with pro-life views to vote in favour of abortion if the issue were to ever arise in the House of Commons.
Matthew Wojciechowski of Campaign Life Coalition, the political arm of the country’s pro-life movement, called the Liberal’s promise to expand abortion outside of Canada an example of Trudeau’s pro-abortion ideology.
“It comes as no surprise that the Liberal Party, under Justin Trudeau’s extreme support for abortion on demand, is determined to export abortion oversees,” he told LifeSiteNews.
“The fact that reproductive rights and health care, which translates to abortion, contraception, sterilization etc., is the only example of foreign aid provided under the section of ‘helping the world’s poor’ is very telling of Trudeau’s misplaced priorities,” he said, adding that eradicating poverty in Africa will not be accomplished by “financially supporting the killing of future generations of Africans before they are even bor