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Canadian bishops rip premier’s plan to fund abortion overseas

March 13, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Canada have denounced a proposal by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to spend $650 million to “address gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities.”

In an open letter to Trubeau, Bishop Douglas Crosby of Hamilton, Ontario, the president of the Canadian bishops’ conference, noted that the government has indicated that the funds will be used largely to campaign for legal abortion. A government backgrounder on the proposal said that priority would be given to dismantling “judicial and legal barries to the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

“Such a policy is a reprehensible example of Western cultural imperialism and an attempt to impose misplaced but so-called Canadian ‘values’ on other nations and peoples,” Bishop Crosby wrote. “It exploits women when they are most in need of care and support, and tragically subverts true prenatal health care.”

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 13, 2017 9:56 PM ET USA

    Thank you, Bishop Crosby. This is another Trudeau who is an embarrassment to civilized society.

  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Mar. 13, 2017 9:21 PM ET USA

    It has been said that Canada is made up of two solitudes. Perhaps they are not what most observers thought they were. The gap between the discourse of Trudeau (on this topic at least) and the Catholic doctrine is abysmal. Let us pray for him that what is good in his thinking may be strengthened (and there are some definitely good ideas), and that he may return to a moral outlook more in keeping with his self-professed Christian roots.