Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just released a statement on abortion in Canada concerning abortion, shortly after Erin O’Toole confirmed that, while he is pro-choice, he would let the New Brunswick government decide how the province funds its own abortion services, if he were to become Prime Minister.
Trudeau said the following:
“The right to choose is a woman’s right and a woman’s right alone. Every woman in Canada has a right to a safe and legal abortion. It’s time men stop telling other men that it’s okay for them to decide what women can or cannot do with their bodies.”
On abortion access, he said only that government was continuing to work "extremely hard to ensure that everyone across the country has access to the full range of reproductive services, including through Clinic 554 here in New Brunswick."
Back in the 2019 election campaign, Trudeau insisted he would use the Canada Health Act to "ensure" New Brunswick funded the procedure at the private downtown clinic. That has not happened.
"We have continued to work with partners across the country and to impress strongly upon the government of New Brunswick how it needs to keep up its obligations under the Canada Health Act," he said.
"The fact that New Brunswick hasn't yet done that is exactly why we withheld millions of dollars in health transfers to New Brunswick," he added.
Trudeau's government initially said it would withhold $140,216 in the 2020-21 fiscal year, but quickly reversed itself because of the cost provinces were facing to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.