Canada PM Trudeau Slams US Supreme Court Over Abortion Ruling

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday slammed the US Supreme Court decision to throw out the right to abortion in the United States.

"The news coming out of the United States is horrific," he said in a Twitter message. "No government, politician, or man should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body."

The US top court's six judges named by Republican presidents overturned the landmark 1973 "Roe v. Wade" decision that enshrined the right to an abortion, saying that individual states can now permit or restrict the procedure themselves. The three Democratic appointees dissented.

In his statement, Trudeau expressed sorrow and sympathy for the millions of American women set to lose their legal right to an abortion.

"I can't imagine the fear and anger you are feeling right now," he said, while reassuring women in Canada that he would "always stand up for your right to choose."

Abortions in Canada are legal at all stages of pregnancy and are funded by the government health care system.

Meanwhile, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday called the ruling "a big step backwards".

The decisions of the court "had tremendous implications on people's thinking around the world," according to Johnson, who was in Kigali for a conference of the Commonwealth chiefs of government.

"I believe that is a significant step backwards. Because I continue to support a woman's right to make her own decisions, the UK has the laws that it does.

In other News, the US President Joe Biden on Friday said the Court ruling is putting women’s lives at risk in the name of an "extreme ideology."

Biden said, "The court has done what it has never done before, expressly take away a constitutional right that is so fundamental to so many Americans," Biden said.

"It’s a realization of an extreme ideology and a tragic error by the Supreme Court in my view."


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