The news surrounding women's health hasn't been too great lately; the tumultuous political climate and rapid-fire legislation have had women rushing to get IUDs and clutching their birth control like it's, well, vital to their health and happiness.
But the latest announcement from our neighbors to the North offers some welcome good news: On International Women's Day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrated by pledging to use $650 million over the next three years to support women's health initiatives worldwide. This comes shortly after President Donald Trump's January reinstation of the "global gag rule" that prohibits using American foreign aid for health organizations that provide information about abortions or offer abortion services.
Trudeau's pledge will address gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and help provide safe and legal abortions and post-abortion care.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 8, 2017
"For far too many women and girls, unsafe abortions and a lack of choices in reproductive health mean that they either are at risk of death, or simply cannot contribute and cannot achieve their potential," said Trudeau at an International Women's Day event, as reported by Canada's The Globe and Mail.
Indeed, unsafe abortions account for eight to 15 percent of maternal deaths and remain one of the leading causes of maternal mortality across the globe, according to a 2015 study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. We're happy to see Trudeau making moves to help woman worldwide.