Abortion rights violated in the United States: Trudeau and Legault react

Abortion rights violated in the United States: Trudeau and Legault react


After the U.S. rollback with the reversal of the Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, Quebec and Canadian politicians have expressed their hearts with the women who have lost the fundamental right to abortion.

“No government, no politician, nor no man should dictate to a woman what she can or cannot do with her body,” Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau said in a Twitter post.

He called the news “horrible” and said he “heartily supports the millions of American women who will lose their legal right to abortion.”

In a statement, New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Jagmeet Singh said banning abortion threatens the health and lives of women.

“You cannot make the illegal abortion; you can only make safe abortion illegal. This devastating decision will cost the lives of many women,” said Mr. Singh, recalling that this Supreme Court decision represents a step backwards for women's rights.

For his part, the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, spoke of a “sad setback for the rights and freedoms of women”, after his colleague and minister responsible for the status of women, Isabelle Charest, offered her support to women “ who see their right to abortion threatened”.

“In Quebec, we will never let this right be called into question,” added Ms. Charest.

The organization Oxfam Canada, dedicated to women's rights and gender justice, also said it was “devastated” by this news.

“Today's decision by the United States Supreme Court will put the health and lives of countless people at risk. This will undoubtedly fuel stigma and misinformation about abortion and animate anti-choice actors and their movements in Canada and abroad,” said Oxfam Canada Executive Director Lauren Ravon.