Russia recognized the Geneva Consensus Declaration on Women’s Health and Protection of the Family that rejects abortion and upholds the “inherent right to life” on Nov. 3.
Russian representatives joined 35 other signatory nations in marking one year since the declaration was first signed in Geneva, Switzerland.
Brazil Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights Damares Alves welcomed her Russian counterparts, and hoped more countries would support the declaration.
“It is an honor to be partners with your countries in this mission,” she said according to Gazeta Web. “We are very proud, we want our children and grandchildren to look back at this moment in the future–and celebrate the fact that we had the courage to say ‘no’ to the death of so many children and to care for women.”
Brazilian National Secretary of the Family Angela Gandra is pleased to see her Russian counterparts respect unborn baby lives.
“This declaration contemplates women’s health in a comprehensive way, with effective equity actions,” she said according to the publication. “In addition, we have in this agreement the provision of respect for the values that strengthen family ties. It is a declaration, above all, of human rights.”
U.S. Institute for Women’s Health president Valerie Huber criticized the United Nations (UN) for encouraging women to terminate their pregnancies.
“When other nations or international agencies interject unhealthy and harmful policies upon you that compromise life, family, and your own sovereignty–they must be challenged,” she said in a statement.
Donald Trump also supports the declaration. However, Joe Biden’s administration recently withdrew U.S. support, and urged other countries to follow suit.
The declaration reaffirms the “inherent dignity and worth of the human person, that every human being has the inherent right to life, and the commitment to enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth and provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant.”
“There is no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation on the part of states to finance or facilitate abortion.”