Prime minister is slow to act on promises to advance access to safe abortion at home and abroad
Opinion by Sandeep Prasad, Anu Kumar
September 28, 2016
Trudeau’s feminism has been put to the test since day one of his election. Today, on the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, it’s time for the Canadian government to turn words into action.
While this new government continues to make inroads in changing the rollback of human rights left behind by Harper — through a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, reimplementation of the long-form census, and the historic welcoming of 25,000 Syrian refugees into the country — Trudeau is slow to act on his promises to advance women’s reproductive rights, namely access to safe and legal abortion at home and abroad.
Without access to safe and legal abortion, women often turn to unsafe methods. Every minute, some 40 women around the world undergo unsafe abortion because they have little choice and for myriad reasons do not want to continue the pregnancy. Unsafe abortion is one of five leading causes of maternal mortality and is the only one that is completely preventable.
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Source: Ricochet Media