Trudeau will debate a student on abortion–but ran away from pro-lifers

By Jonathon Van Maren

Earlier this year, pro-life activists had the opportunity to confront Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the most pro-abortion leader in Canada’s history. In Hamilton, Ontario, pro-lifers with Hamilton Against Abortion and Campaign Life Coalition held signs depicting abortion victims outside a venue where Trudeau was meeting with party bosses for a strategy session. When he emerged, a volunteer asked him: “What are your thoughts on abortion?”

“A woman’s right to choose,” he said, striding past. He soon encountered another team of pro-lifers, who posed him another question: “Prime Minister, do you believe in equal rights for all human beings?”

“I believe in a woman’s right to choose,” he replied. “What about this human who was killed?” the pro-lifer asked him, gesturing to a sign showing an aborted baby. “I will stand up for women’s rights every day,” he said, walking swiftly. His answers, of course, were merely slogans that refused to address the central character in the great moral drama of the abortion debate: the preborn child. Trudeau claimed to believe in “a woman’s right to choose,” but would not engage on what is being chosen: the destruction of a baby in the womb. Trudeau’s position on the issue is an unfinished sentence.

It is very likely that you never heard about the prime minister’s January encounter with two young, pro-life women trained in compelling, compassionate apologetics in defense of the preborn. The optics aren’t great: a male prime minister with a dubious track record with women informing two young women who oppose abortion that his position is pro-woman — which is why the Liberal Party instead decided to publicize Trudeau’s interaction with a teenage boy this month.

Trudeau asks the young man why he is a supporter of the People’s Party of Canada, a political party led by former Conservative Maxime Bernier. The young man answers that he is opposed to vaccine mandates and abortion. Trudeau asks: “Okay, do you think women should have the right to choose what happens to their own bodies?”


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