After the comeback in the USA with the settlement of the lawsuit Roe v. Wade of the Supreme Court, Quebec and Canadian politicians have expressed their hearts with the women who have lost the fundamental right to abortion.
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“No government, politician or man should dictate to a woman what she can or cannot do with her body,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a Twitter post.
He called the news “terrifying” and said he “heartily supports the millions of American women who will lose their legal right to an abortion.”
“I think of those generations of women in the United States and elsewhere in the world who fought for rights to be recognized, to take their rights over their own bodies for their future, who face a major setback today,” Justin Trudeau said during a press conference in Rwanda. He took the opportunity to recall the importance of not taking even the most basic rights for granted.
Secretary of State Mélanie Joly, present alongside Justin Trudeau, believes the US Supreme Court decision not only puts women’s lives at risk, but will also have a domino effect on other rights and in other jurisdictions.
“Today is a dark day, a dark day for women in the United States, but also for women around the world. Because it’s a step backwards, a step backwards for generations of women who have fought for abortion rights,” Ms Joly also said.
In a statement, New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh said the abortion ban threatens women’s health and lives.
“You can’t make abortion illegal; You can only make a safe abortion illegal. This devastating decision will cost many women their lives,” stressed Mr Singh in particular, recalling that this Supreme Court decision represents a step backwards for women’s rights.
For his part, Quebec Premier François Legault spoke of a “sad setback for women’s rights and freedoms” after his colleague and Minister for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, offered her support to women “who see their right to abortion threatened”.
“In Quebec, we will never question that right,” Ms. Charest added.
The reactions in the National Assembly all point in the same direction.
“Nameless setback. Dark day for women and their rights and freedoms. We must keep fighting so that our daughters always have more rights than we do, not less,” Quebec Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade said in a tweet.
For her part, Québec solidaire co-speaker Manon Massé came there with an eloquent video to give her opinion.
“We just went back 50 years with women’s right to control their bodies, the right to have an abortion. It’s awful, especially since we know it’s not just going to be enjoyed by women,” she said, calling the situation “unacceptable.”
“Sad and worrying setback for women’s fundamental rights. A reminder of the fragility of the achievements that we must always try to protect,” wrote Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon in a tweet.
On the Montreal side, Mayor Valérie Plante called on the population to denounce this decision “strongly and forcefully”. “I am outraged by the reversal of the Roe vs. Wade ruling and in solidarity with all American women who feel their right to control their bodies is being violated,” she also said.
Oxfam Canada, an organization that campaigns for women’s rights and gender justice, also said it was “devastated” by the news.
“Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court will put the health and lives of countless people at risk. This will undoubtedly fuel stigma and misinformation about abortion and animate anti-choice actors and their movements in Canada and abroad,” said Lauren Ravon, Executive Director of Oxfam Canada.