You may have missed it among all the impeachment hysteria, but in a speech given at the United Nations General Assembly last week, President Donald Trump called out the organization’s “global bureaucrats” for promoting abortion and attempting to strong-arm individual nations into relaxing their abortion laws.
“We are aware that many United Nations projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, right up until the moment of delivery,” Trump said. “Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life. Like many nations here today, we in America believe that every child, born and unborn, is a sacred gift from God.”
The United States also presented a joint statement declaring that there is no “international right” to abortion and calling on the UN to stop using vague euphemisms for abortion such as “reproductive healthcare” in its official documents.
“We do not support references to ambiguous terms and expressions, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights in U.N. documents, because they can undermine the critical role of the family and promote practices, like abortion,” said Department of Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar at a U.N. meeting on universal health coverage. Azar delivered his statement on behalf of the U.S. and 18 other member countries.
“There is no international right to an abortion,” Azar added, “and these terms should not be used to promote pro-abortion policies and measures.” Azar also argued that using such sanitized misnomers to describe abortion ignores both the role of the family in health and “the sovereign right of nations to implement health policies,” as well as allowing for misinterpretation when policies are implemented.
The president’s comments followed a letter leaked to the Guardian, signed by Azar and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging other countries to join a “growing coalition” in opposing the UN’s “harmful” pro-abortion agenda.
Of course, the Guardian described the letter as an attempt to “rollback women’s rights,” clearly illustrating the pro-abortion crowd’s fondness for indirect language and euphemisms.
“We remain gravely concerned that aggressive efforts to reinterpret international instruments to create a new international right to abortion and to promote international policies that weaken the family have advanced through some United Nations fora,” the letter stated, asking countries to join the U.S. to ensure that every nation can “determine the best way to protect the unborn and defend the family as the foundational unity of society vital to children thriving and leading healthy lives.”
The letter also denounced the growing trend of UN policies slighting the role of parents in sexual and reproductive issues involving their children, saying that unclear phrases in global health policy documents, including “sexual and reproductive health,” may be interpreted to push abortion on pro-life countries.
These phrases have “been asserted to mean promotion of abortion, including pressuring countries to abandon religious principles and cultural norms enshrined in law that protect unborn life,” the letter continued.
“Abortion advocates are trying to do an end run around official United Nations agreements by insisting on using ambiguous terms like ‘sexual and reproductive health’ and ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ – code phrases for imposing abortion on demand on countries where unborn babies are protected by law,” said Bradley Mattes, president of Life Issues Institute.
“The Trump administration is reaching out to governments worldwide, asking for their support at the U.N. to stand up to pro-abortion government entities including the European Union and keep pro-abortion language out of documents,” Mattes continued. “We thank Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Azar, and especially President Trump for their extraordinary leadership and commitment to promoting a culture of life around the globe.”
“We thank and praise President Trump for his continuing leadership on preserving and defending the right to life for all innocent human life,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, in a statement to LifeNews at the time. “His remarks today at the U.N. General Assembly serve to remind world leaders that abortion is not an international right.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) also praised the president.
“The Trump administration’s strong pro-life leadership on the world stage is no secret,” said Dannenfelser. “From day one, President Trump has worked to restore respect for life as a foundational American value not only in our domestic policies, but in our international relations as well. Secretaries Pompeo and Azar have played key roles in advancing the President’s pro-life agenda and deserve credit for their efforts.”
It’s great to see our nation so boldly denouncing the global abortion racket to the international community, but it’s a bit poignant considering how much more they could do to end the slaughter and bloodshed here at home.
Let’s pray for the president, and encourage him to uphold these principles and lead the world in putting an end to legalized infanticide!
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