Speaking at a town hall in Hamilton, Ontario on Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made an interesting assertion about the abortion issue after an audience member asked him where the government draws the line on free speech.
Trudeau said “defending rights and freedoms” is a core Canadian value, BuzzFeed News reported, but when it comes to abortion, all bets are apparently off.
“An organization that has the explicit purpose of restricting women’s rights by removing rights to abortion; the right for women to control their own bodies, is not in line with where we are as a government and, quite frankly, where we are as a society,” was Trudeau’s response.
Canada’s liberal government recently made changes to the application process for its Summer Jobs program, which funds placement in non-profit and public-sector jobs.
According to a report in the CBC, the revised application requires employers to attest that they uphold fundamental rights, including “women’s rights and women’s reproductive rights.” The change in the application process comes after a review last year that was prompted by revelations MPs approved tens of thousands of dollars in grants to anti-abortion groups.
Socially conservative lawmakers and proponents of religious liberty say the policy discriminates against Christians and others with moral reservations about abortion.