Trump and Pence versus Trudeau—Life versus Death

By Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

President Trump and Vice President Pence have strongly defended not only their belief that children in the womb and their mothers should be protected from the violence of abortion but their foreign policy seeks to fund international organizations that advance life-affirming solutions and non-violent health care services.

In contrast, Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada continues to not only express his unwavering support for the act of abortion- which seeks the death of a developing child- but has pledged $1.4 billion annually starting in 2023 to “support women and girls’ health around the world” that includes $700 million a year for sexual and reproductive rights, including abortion.

According to his official press release

“This investment will advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, promote sexual and reproductive health rights, and build on Canada’s leadership on global gender equality. The funding will help make sure women and girls around the world have access to the quality health services they need, including safe and legal abortion, and support women’s right to make their own decisions about their bodies.”

Trudeau explained that his government was “focusing on the most neglected areas of this field” as he announced the commitment during the gathering of leading pro-abortion activists and organizations at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference being held in Vancouver. His comments included, “Before we can even talk about girls’ education, we have to talk about sexual, reproductive health rights.”

The prime minister took exception to criticism from conservative party leaders,

“There are politicians here in Canada who have called our government’s investments ‘exporting an ideological agenda.’ Well, we couldn’t disagree more.”

Questions were also raised as to why Trudeau waited until only a few months before the country votes on its next prime minister to announce funding that will not be available until 2023.

Trudeau’s funding pledge is welcome news to UNFPA and pro-abortion NGOs [Non-Governmental Organizations] whose funding has suffered as a result of President Trump’s pro-life foreign policy.

Trudeau has been critical of US pro-life policies and state legislative actions against abortion. Prior to his meeting with Vice President Pence to discuss trade, Trudeau stated, “Obviously I’m very concerned with the situation around the backsliding of women’s rights that we’re seeing from conservative movements here in Canada, in the United States and around the world. I will have a broad conversation with the Vice President in which of course that will come up.”

During the joint press briefing following the trade talks, the vice president was asked, “How do you feel about the Prime Minister raising the issue of what he called a “backsliding” of abortion rights in your own country?”

Vice President Pence strongly defended the pro-life views of the administration stating,

“I’m very proud to be part of a pro-life administration, and our administration has taken steps to stand for the sanctity of life at home and abroad. What we find troubling is the Democratic Party in our country and leaders around the country supporting late-term abortion, even infanticide. But those are debates within the United States, and I know that Canada will deal with those issues in a manner that the people of Canada determine most appropriate.”

But for President Trump, for me, for our administration, we’ll always stand for the right to life.”