Ottawa, Canada, Jul 5, 2017 / 23:01 pm
Responding to a Canadian politician who called abortion a central aspect of the country's human rights efforts, a local bishop said the procedure is in fact deeply harmful – especially to women.
"While the Catholic Bishops of Canada share your concern for advancing the respect and dignity of women…we feel the need to point out, with all due respect, that your statement above is erroneous, confusing, and misguided," Bishop Douglas Crosby, president of the Canada's Catholic Conference of Bishops, said in a June 29 letter.
The letter comes in response to a recent speech given by Canada's Minister in Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, to the House of Commons.
"Women's rights are human rights," she said June 6. "That includes sexual reproductive rights and the right to safe and accessible abortions. These rights are at the core of our foreign policy."