North Bay news: U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion ruling was a ‘shock’: Liberal MP

Nipissing-Timiskaming Liberal MP Anthony Rota said he was shocked by Friday’s US Supreme Court ruling on abortion.

The court decided to overturn the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade who recognized a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and legalized it nationwide.

“These are rights that people fought for,” Rota told reporters after a funding announcement Saturday afternoon.

The ruling, which is expected to lead to sweeping abortion bans in more than 20 states, has deeply divided the United States over its views on abortion. The reaction of religious and political leaders ranged from elation to anger.

“When we see something like this in the United States where a president has changed the makeup of the Supreme Court, we see a change in judgment and rights taken away. It’s worrying,” Rota said.

“From Canada, we don’t have the same system as in the United States, but we have to be careful here not to lose rights.”

Abortion was decriminalized in Canada in 1988.

It is treated like other medical procedures and regulated by provincial/territorial and professional bodies.

“What worries me is that we are seeing a powerful right-wing movement in the United States that wants to take us back 50 years,” Rota said.

Rota is committed to defending a woman’s right to choose whether or not she wants an abortion.

“It’s her body and she has the right to make that decision. It’s important that it’s legal.

At the beginning of May, the Liberal government announced that it would spend $3.5 million to improve access to abortion in the country.

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