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Abortion is 'a tool to end poverty': Canada’s foreign minister

Canada's international development minister has defended the Justin Trudeau Liberal government's aggressive pro-abortion international aid policy by claiming abortion is "a tool to end poverty."

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau was responding to criticism of Canada's bishops, who have denounced the Liberals for putting sexual and reproductive rights "at the core" of their foreign policy.

But Bibeau, speaking to CTV News from the Family Planning Summit in London, countered that "contraception and even abortion is only a tool to end poverty."

"We ... have to give [women] the control over their lives. So we shouldn't look at contraception as the objective," she said.

"This is not the objective. This is only a tool to reduce poverty and inequality and to make an impact in terms of development and peace and security in the world."

The Canadian bishops blasted the Liberals in a July letter for their "attempt to insinuate abortion advocacy in Canadian foreign policy" and for putting "political ideology" ahead of the genuine needs in the developing world.

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