As Trudeau blasts U.S. ‘backsliding’ over abortion restrictions, Liberals target new fundraising pitch

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is “deeply disappointed” by what he called the “backsliding” of some U.S. states currently imposing severe restrictions and criminalizing abortion.

As women’s reproductive rights face continued assault south of the border, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says new legislation being passed to criminalize abortions in several American states are “backsliding” for rights in the country.

That comes as one of his cabinet ministers challenges Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to explain whether he would support similar efforts here and also as the Liberal Party kicks off a new fundraising campaign aimed at rallying supporters concerned about reproductive choice.

“We’re deeply disappointed by the backsliding we’re seeing on women’s rights, particularly in some of the United States,” Trudeau said during a press conference with reporters from Paris, France on Thursday morning.

He continued, adding while speaking in French that: “We will continue to be a strong voice in defence of everyone’s rights and particularly those rights, and there’s still a great deal of work to be done in this area.”

The Liberals are also using the matter as a way to try to sign up new supporters worried about protecting the right to choose.