Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked International Women's Day with a promise to donate $650 million to fund abortions and reproductive health services all over the world.
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Over three years, $650 million will be invested in projects involving sex education, reproductive health services, and family planning methods. Aside from that, the money will be used to support programs that will address gender-based violence and support the women's right to have access to safe and legal abortion, CBC details.
According to Trudeau, women and girls all over the world fall victim to sexual violence and are tied down by poverty. The Canadian prime minister, who describes himself as a feminist, said women and girls must be able to decide for themselves when and with whom they want to have a family.
In addition, Trudeau said the $650 million donation is twice the amount of the current funding.
"For far too many women and girls, unsafe abortions and lack of choices in reproductive health mean that they are either at risk, and at risk of death, or simply cannot contribute or achieve their potential through education, through involvement in their community, through a broad range of opportunities," said Trudeau during an event celebrating International Women's Day.
He adds, "It is important that as a world we recognize that empowering women, that respecting their rights, is fundamental to building a world in which everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed."
Canada is likewise supporting projects to increase contraceptive use by the year 2020.
It is worth noting that Trudeau's announcement follows U.S. President Donald Trump's order to block federal funding for groups supporting abortion. The American leader's move is reportedly estimated to leave international groups with a funding loss amounting to $600 million.
Meanwhile, Trudeau's announcement drew condemnation from leading pro-life group Campaign Life Coalition. In a statement, the group's public affairs director Johanne Brownrigg said they are "horrified" with their prime minister's decision to spend such a big amount to support abortion worldwide, Life Site News reports.
For Campaign Life Coalition, Trudeau's decision makes Canada one of the top exporters of abortion in the world. Brownrigg also speculated that their leader's admiration for the Chinese government's family planning policy is starting to seep into Canada's own foreign policy.