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The SOGC supports Canadian investment in women's reproductive health

The SOGC welcomes the Canadian government’s ongoing support for women’s health and reproductive rights in Canada and around the world.

Today, International Development Minister Marie­ Claude Bibeau joined representatives from more than 50 countries by announcing Canada is donating up to $20 million to an international “safe abortion” fund.

The announcement was made at the “She Decides” forum being held in Brussels in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cut $600 million in federal funding to international groups that perform or provide information on abortions. Holland took the lead earlier this year by establishing the nongovernmental organization, She Decides, to raise money for aid groups and UN agencies working in family planning and women's rights.

“Women around the world need to have control of their bodies,” says Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO of the SOGC. “As a health organization that advocates for the sexual and reproductive rights of women, it is critical for barriers to be coming down in 2017, not to be thrown in the path of millions of girls and women who deserve choice and the freedom to choose.”

The Brussels meeting will also work towards developing a common strategy to limit the impact of the U.S. decision.