On Sept. 28, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement affirming his government’s support for abortion both domestically and abroad to mark International Safe Abortion Day and tweeted his support for abortion.
Trudeau tweeted, “In Canada, abortions have been a safe and legal part of health care since 1988. We’ll make sure that continues to be the case. We’ll never put your right to choose up for debate – and we’ll keep working to remove barriers and make abortion more accessible.”
Campaign Life Coalition Youth tweeted in response, “Is it a ‘safe’ abortion when only one person dies?”
In his official statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, Trudeau said, “Today, on International Safe Abortion Day, the Government of Canada reaffirms its unwavering commitment to ensuring that women and girls here at home and around the world have access to abortion.”
Trudeau celebrated the 1988 Morgentaler decision that threw out Canada’s minimal abortion restrictions and claimed that “abortions have been a safe and legal part of health care ever since.”
He vowed to spend more taxpayer money “to remove barriers and make abortion more accessible from coast to coast to coast.” In the 2023 federal budget, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced new funding of $36 million to promote abortion in Canada over the next three years.
Trudeau also highlighted his government’s funding of abortion abroad, claiming “that banning abortion does not prevent abortions, it just makes them less safe.” In 2017, in response to Donald Trump’s relaunching of the Mexico City policy banning U.S. taxpayer funding of global abortion, the Trudeau government committed nearly $1.5 billion annually to carry out and promote abortion abroad.
The statement concluded, “On this International Safe Abortion Day, we renew our commitment to creating a world where people can make their own choices that shape their future, without fear.”
Campaign Life Coalition national president Jeff Gunnarson said abortion is neither safe nor a right. “It results in the killing of the child in the mother’s womb,” said Gunnarson, “The procedure has failed if it does not result in a dead baby. It’s impossible to ‘safely’ kill someone.”
Gunnarson said that abortion “also poses serious risks for the mother,” including “physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.” He said that “Abortion has nothing to do with healthcare. It’s an evil practice that must be banned.”
He also said that Trudeau is fear-mongering by claiming that “abortion is under attack” globally. Gunnarson said, “Countries are holding the line against abortion ideologues, or in some cases bringing forward more legal protection for children before birth, and Trudeau refers to that as an attack on women.”
The Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights first declared September 28 “International Safe Abortion Day” in 2011. From 1990 through 2010, the Latin American pro-abortion group Campaña 28 Septiembre marked the date as a “day of action” for the decriminalization of abortion in South and Central America. The date was chosen because Brazil passed the Law of Free Birth, reforming slavery laws to free the children of slaves in 1871.
The abortion industry uses the day to celebrate abortion. Planned Parenthood of America and the abortion industry celebrate “International Safe Abortion Day” every year. Days before the event this year, it was revealed that Alyona Dixon, 24, of Las Vegas, died on Sept. 28, 2022, following complications after using the abortion pill.