Pence suggests Democrats support 'infanticide' during talk with Trudeau

Pence suggests Democrats support 'infanticide' during talk with Trudeau
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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 TrudeauMelania Trump speaks with Canada's first lady following her coronavirus recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump: Next couple of weeks are going to be rough Snowbirds in limbo as coronavirus upends travel plans 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."

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"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 John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders 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