At the first UN conference on women since President Joe Biden took office, pro-abortion groups gained no ground.
Countries who backed Trump’s pro-life diplomacy just a few weeks earlier thwarted the Biden administration and the European Union’s attempts to use provocative abortion-related terminology and expressly pro-abortion wording in the UN Commission on the Status of Women’s annual agreement.
The commission’s final agreement or”agreed conclusions,” just kept a single paragraph on “sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights” and “sexual and reproductive health.”
“The pushback against women’s rights continues,” one European Union representative said.
“The pushback may stall us but it will not impede the overwhelming momentum from Beijing Programme of Action from our reaching generation equality,” he said as he mentioned the Generation Equality Forum, which will take place next week to support abortion and LGBT rights.
“This commission must do better than treading water,” said Courtney Nemeroff, the Acting U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council, lamenting the lack of success in the agreed conclusions.
During the negotiating process, Nemeroff complained of a lack of respect, accusing countries of derailing the multilateral talks. Conservative governments declined to authorize the United States and the European Union to enforce divisive sexual rights terminology that UN institutions would use to support abortion, LGBT rights, and children’s sexual autonomy.
Brazil took a back seat to U.S. pro-life diplomacy activities during the Trump presidency; however, the Commission on the Status of Women demanded that any reference to “reproductive health” or “reproductive rights” be entitled to exclude abortion rights.
The Brazilian ambassador to the United Nations claimed after the agreement that Brazil does not accept the promotion of “abortion as a method of family planning.” Several pro-life nations have since issued declarations clarifying their national abortion policies.
Biden signed an executive order directing U.S. negotiators to support abortion at the United Nations just weeks after taking office. The order requires the U.S. government to support “sexual and reproductive health and rights,” a slogan invented by the multinational abortion movement to circumvent UN policy prohibiting a foreign right to abortion.
In recent weeks, U.S. negotiators vigorously promoted the latest term in the Commission’s talks. Still, they were unsuccessful, owing mainly to countries that collaborated with the Trump administration to create a policy to prevent an international right to abortion.
The Holy See’s doctrinal office released a clarification last week, just as the Commission was getting started, refusing the Church’s blessing of homosexual relations. At the United Nations, the Holy See is an observer. Although it should express its opinions, it does not have a vote in UN proceedings, despite its views having moral weight.