The United States maintained its pro-life policy by excluding for the second consecutive year allusions to “sexual and reproductive health,” used to promote abortion, from a UN Security Council resolution on women in crisis and conflict.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft reiterated that her country does not accept references that promote abortion or suggest it as a right, according to the organization’s Oct. 29 report.
Craft said that her delegation “cannot accept references to ‘sexual and reproductive health,’ nor any references to ‘safe termination of pregnancy’ or language that would promote abortion or suggest a right to abortion.”
She also stated that according to the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), “We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support this in our women’s global assistance initiatives,” cited by the U.N. communiqué.
The ICPD was adopted by 179 nations and calls for all people to have access to services such as voluntary family planning, safe pregnancy and childbirth services, and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
According to pro-life organizations such as the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), the Trump administration’s position represents a setback for European countries that insist that abortion be funded as humanitarian aid.
At the same time this approach implies a victory for human rights.
“It is a victory for the Trump administration, which has been pushing to eliminate the phrase “sexual and reproductive health” from U.N. documents. It is a blow to Europeans who insist that abortion be funded as humanitarian aid,” the organization said.
During Obama’s presidency, the phrase “sexual and reproductive health” was introduced into U.N. language, ambiguously interpreted as including abortion as a method of family planning.
The United States through the Helms Amendment to the foreign aid law prohibits funding abortion.
In another international pro-life movement of the Trump administration, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar wrote to the governments of several countries seeking support.
In the letter, they warn about “aggressive efforts to reinterpret international instruments to create a new international right to abortion and to promote international policies that weaken the family.”
President Donald Trump issued an executive order known as the Mexico City Policy or the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Act that revoked taxpayer funds for international organizations including Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, Life News described.