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Trudeau says U.S. state abortion bans are backsliding on women s rights

Trudeau says U.S. state abortion bans are  backsliding on women s rights
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OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is deeply disappointed in a "backsliding on women s rights" happening in American states moving to ban abortion access.

Alabama s legislature passed a law banning virtually all abortions in the state, as other southern and midwestern states make similar moves.

Trudeau told reporters in France today he regrets these U.S. developments.

He re-affirmed his own pro-choice stance and said Canada would remain unequivocal in its defence of a woman s right to end a pregnancy.

He also called out Conservative politicians for supporting anti-abortion initiatives -- something Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef is also doing today.

She has sent a letter to 12 Conservative MPs chastising them for marching in an anti-abortion rally on Parliament Hill last week -- which she says shows their willingness to re-open the abortion debate in Canada.

Monsef is calling on Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to clearly re-affirm Canadian women s right to reproductive health services and to work with the Liberal government to protect legal abortion services in Canada and across the world.
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