Vice President Pence on Thursday suggested that the Democratic Party supported late-term abortion and "infanticide" while speaking alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauCanadians warned against travel to Ukraine Canada to allow unvaccinated Canadian truckers to enter from US Montreal limiting gatherings in homes to six people MORE in Ottawa.
Pence said, among other things, that he was bothered by the Democrats "in our country, and leaders around the country, supporting late-term abortion, even infanticide."
"But those are debates within the U.S., and I know that Canada will deal with those issues in a manner the people of Canada determine most appropriate," he continued. "For President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE, for me, for our administration, we'll always stand for the right to life."
The comments from Pence come as GOP-led state legislatures throughout the U.S. pass measures designed to restrict access to abortions. They also echoed a claim Trump made at a rally in Wisconsin last month, in which he alleged that the Democratic Party was "aggressively pushing extreme late-term abortion, allowing children to be ripped from their mother's womb."
CNN noted that late-term abortions — procedures that typically take place 21 weeks into a pregnancy — account for less than 1.3 percent of abortions in America.
Trudeau, who had vowed to confront Pence over America's "backsliding" on women's rights, said that he told the U.S. vice president that Canadians have concerns about the "anti-choice laws" its state lawmakers have passed.
"It was a cordial conversation, but it is one on which we have very different perspectives," Trudeau said.
Trudeau has repeatedly spoken out against restrictive abortion policies. After Alabama's governor signed a law that bans nearly all abortions, the prime minister said he was "deeply disappointed."
"It's a shame that we increasingly see conservative governments and conservative politicians taking away rights that have been hard-fought over many, many years by generations of women and male allies," Trudeau said.
Abortion at any stage of a pregnancy has been legal in Canada since 1988, according to The Pew Research Center.