Canada spending $650-million on reproductive rights, including fighting global anti-abortion laws

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Canada spending $650-million on reproductive rights, including fighting global anti-abortion laws
by Geoffrey York and Michelle Zilio
JOHANNESBURG and OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017

In a sharp reorientation of Canada’s foreign-aid strategy, the Trudeau government plans to spend $650-million on sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide – a move that could see Canada paying for a battle against anti-abortion laws in dozens of countries.

The three-year plan, announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday as he marked International Women’s Day, would finance a range of global programs, including contraception, reproductive health, legal abortion, sexuality education and advocacy work.

Abortion is illegal or severely restricted by law in an estimated 125 countries worldwide, mostly in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East. But under the new plan, Canada could pay for advocacy groups to challenge those laws.

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