I am saddened by backsliding after Alabama abortion law: Justin Trudeau

Last Updated: May 17 2019 15:00
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OTTAWA- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that he is saddened by the backsliding on women’s rights seen in several US states.

US state of Alabama on Thursday passed one of the toughest abortion laws in the country which provides for a near-total prohibition even in cases of rape and incest. Abortions would only be legal if the life of the mother is in danger or the foetus has a fatal condition.

"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 told a news conference in Paris. "As a government, as Canadians, we will always be unequivocal about defending women's rights to choose, defending women's rights in general."

"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," he added.

The new Alabama abortion law is expected to come into force in the next six months.