Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a plan to invest around $1 billion annually to support the health of women and girls around the world, saying, “All women, no matter where they live, should have access to the safe, quality health care they need.”
Speaking at the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, he said, “By investing in sexual and reproductive health rights and maternal, newborn, and child health, we can build a more just, equal, and prosperous world.”
Starting in 2023, around $527 million of the annual investment will be allocated to sexual and reproductive health rights, The Hill reports.
The investment comes at a time when a number of U.S. states are moving to severely restrict or ban abortion. Trudeau has spoken out about the movement, saying, “Obviously we are deeply disappointed by the backsliding on women’s rights that we’re seeing in some places around the world, including some American states.”
He added that Canada “unequivocally” supports a woman’s right to choose.
Watch video of Trudeau’s 2017 appearance at the Women in the World Summit below.
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