Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Obama backs Trudeau in Canadian election Photos of the Week: Gen. Lee statue, California drought, 9/11 MORE on Tuesday announced an ambitious plan to annually invest the approximate equivalent of $1 billion to support global women and girls' health.
“Advocates like those at Women Deliver are leaders in the fight for gender equality and women’s rights — and as a government, we have to stand with you as a partner and an ally," Truduea said at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, which is being held in Vancouver this week. "Today, our government is committing $1.4 billion annually to support women and girls’ health around the world."
"All women, no matter where they live, should have access to the safe, quality health care they need. By investing in sexual and reproductive health rights, and maternal, newborn, and child health, we can build a more just, equal, and prosperous world.”
The spending pledge increases investments for women and girls' health that were set to expire in 2020, Quartz reported. The funding will reach the full 1.4 billion in Canadian dollars in 2023, Ottawa said in a statement.
Starting in 2023, 700 million of the annual investment in Canadian dollars will be allocated to sexual and reproductive health rights.
"The funding will help make sure women and girls around the world have access to the quality health services they need, including safe and legal abortion, and support women’s right to make their own decisions about their bodies," the Canadian government said in a statement. "From providing comprehensive sexual education, to supporting maternal and neonatal care, the investment will advance the rights and health of women and girls around the world."
The investment comes as some U.S. states move to enforce further restrictions surrounding abortion. Trudeau has spoken out about the policies, saying in mid-May that he was "deeply disappointed" by some of the laws signed into law.
"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, adding that Canada "unequivocally" supports a woman's right to choose.
Abortion at any stage of a pregnancy has been legal in Canada since 1988, according to The Pew Research Center.