In an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged $50 million in March to go toward helping underdeveloped countries during the pandemic. The government has now pledged an additional $109.5 million, earmarked towards numerous goals. One of those goals is funding “reproductive rights.”
In a press release, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, announced details of the funding, noting that women and children are likely to have the most significant impacts from the pandemic in developing countries. “The COVID-19 virus knows no borders,” Gould said in the release. “This has been a wake-up call for the world to stand in solidarity and work together. If there was ever a time for countries and governments to support one another and invest in health globally, it is right now.” All of this sounds good on the surface. But buried within the release is a paragraph explaining what the funding will be allocated towards — and buried at the bottom of the paragraph is an admission that some of the money will be funding abortions.
“Canada’s investment also aims to ensure that its international partners can maintain their services for vulnerable populations where possible, including support for sexual and reproductive health and rights,” it says, continuing, “Canada’s investment in these programs is in line with its feminist international assistance approach, since this global crisis has the potential to exacerbate inequalities and reverse development gains. This is especially true for the women and children who are already among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens and who may now be expected to take on additional caregiving responsibilities in their families and communities.”
The #COVID19 virus knows no borders. 🇨🇦 will continue to work with our international partners to address this pandemic, strengthen weak health systems and respond to ongoing needs.
— Karina Gould (@karinagould) April 5, 2020
There is nothing feminist about abortion; in fact, abortion is a failure of feminism, because it upholds the status quo that forces women to think they have no other choice but to have an abortion in desperate circumstances. True feminism would be working to ensure that no woman ever feels she has to make that choice again. Abortion is also never medically necessary, and it’s not health care. Yet these lies continue to be repeated by abortion activists, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau is an ardent supporter of abortion. He has already nearly doubled taxpayer funding of abortion in Canada, has claimed that abortion ends poverty, and has said that pro-life views are “not in line” with society. Giving over $150 million to help ease the suffering from a global pandemic is, without a doubt, a positive and generous thing. But using that money to sneak in extra taxpayer funding for international abortion seems more like exploiting a crisis to push an agenda.
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