TORONTO, ON March 23, 2017 – The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) sent the following letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The CCRL encourages all of our supporters and friends to also write.

March 23, 2017

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Re: $650 Million for Overseas Abortion

Dear Sir,

On behalf of our national board of directors and our supporters, I write this letter in strong protest against your government’s pledge to allocate $650 million dollars for abortion in developing nations as part of what you call “sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) joins Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) president Bishop Douglas Crosby and Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Cardinal Collins in denouncing this move as an arrogant imposition of so-called Canadian values on women in great need of basic healthcare such as access to clean water, medicine, and actual maternal care aimed at preserving their health and the heath of their children inside and outside of the womb.

Dr. Robert Walley, from Newfoundland has been providing pre-natal help for women and their babies and post-natal care through MaterCare International since 1995. How much funding will MaterCare receive?

With a global reality in which thousands of babies and their mothers die due to lack of basic medical care, it is preposterously dark that Canada should instead choose to fund abortion, a non-medically necessary procedure which always ends with the death of an innocent child, by the very nature of the act.

Why do you find it necessary to oversimplify abortion as being part and parcel of a women’s “sexual and reproductive health and rights” and worse, why is it necessary to export this belief when the sensible and more efficacious solution would be to commit funding to helping women and children in developing nations by helping them take care of themselves and their babies through basic and universally accepted healthcare provision?


Christian Domenic Elia, PhD

Executive Director, Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL)

2305 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M6S 1P1

About the CCRL

Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) ( assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. The CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization with a large nationwide membership base. The CCRL is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members.

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Christian Domenic Elia, PhD
CCRL Executive Director