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Trudeau says he's 'deeply disappointed' by US 'backsliding' on women's rights

Trudeau says he's 'deeply disappointed' by US 'backsliding' on women's rights

Canadian prime minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauCanada not ready to lift border restrictions with US as COVID-19 spikes Canada moves to limit prescription drug exports after Trump order Trudeau says Canadians will likely have to wait until 2021 for first doses of COVID-19 vaccine MORE said Thursday that he is "deeply disappointed" by some American states' moves to further restrict access to abortion.

"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," Trudeau said at a news conference in Paris just a day after Alabama's governor signed a law that bans nearly all abortions, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Trudeau emphasized that Canada "unequivocally" supports a woman's right to choose, and said women "will always have an ally and a defender in Canada." 

Abortion at any stage of a pregnancy has been legal in Canada since 1988, according to The Pew Research Center

"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.

Trudeau's comments came just a day after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed into law the most restrictive abortion policy in the U.S. The law would ban abortions in virtually all instances, including for victims of rape and incest. Abortion would only be legal in the event that it's necessary to save a woman's life. Someone who provides an abortion in Alabama could face up to 99 years in prison. 

The law is set to go in effect unless it faces legals challenges, The Associated Press reported. Planned Parenthood has already vowed to sue Alabama over the measure. 
 
Ivey said in a statement that the "legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God." 
 
But the measure has received criticism from both GOP and Democratic lawmakers. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress inches closer to virus relief deal McCarthy woos Freedom Caucus with eye on Speakership House GOP uses procedural tool to protest proxy voting MORE (R-Calif.), an opponent of abortion, said Thursday that he believed the legislation went too far. 
 
The Alabama bill was signed into law as GOP-led legislatures around the nation move to enforce further restrictions on abortion. Republican governors in Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia and Mississippi have also signed versions of a "heartbeat" bill this year, which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, something that generally occurs within six weeks of pregnancy.