U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Tuesday, March 31, that the Biden administration’s “human rights” foreign policy will put focus on abortion distancing itself from the concept left by the Trump administration whose focus was on religious freedoms and fundamental values such as life.
In the release of the 2020 Country Human Rights Practices Report, Blinken reaffirmed his intention to make a drastic shift from the approach maintained by his predecessor, Mike Pompeo, who focused on ending religious persecution by authoritarian states like China and on guaranteeing more basic issues including freedom of speech.
Pompeo was also a big opponent of the idea that “abortion is a right” and that states are obligated to fund this ‘right’ an idea pushed by the United Nations.
In 2019 Trump’s former secretary led 32 nations in signing the Geneva Consensus Statement in which they condemned the U.N. for promoting abortion as a method of family planning and urged the U.N. to respect each nation’s sovereignty in deciding on whether abortion should be legal or not.
Blinken criticized the report on countries’ human rights practices 2020, mostly drafted before Biden’s tenure, for being “unbalanced” and said that annexes will be added that include information on maternal mortality, discrimination against women in access to sexual and reproductive health care, and government policies on access to contraception and health care during pregnancy and childbirth, terms that can be summed up in one word: abortion.
“One of the core principles of human rights is that they are universal. All people are entitled to these rights, no matter where they’re born, what they believe, whom they love, or any other characteristic,” Blinken said. “Human rights are also co-equal; there is no hierarchy that makes some rights more important than others.”
However, emphasizing abortion as a right while refusing to condemn genocide in China doesn’t seem balanced either.
Practices abandoned by Trump such as the Mexico City policy using federal funds to finance abortions outside the United States have been reinstituted by the Biden administration.
According to a 2020 report, abortion was the leading cause of death worldwide, with 43 million unborn babies aborted.
If Blinken’s premise is “all people are entitled to these rights” then where is the birthright of these beings? Why would he think killing them is a “human right”?