Beijing Declaration and ICPD do not include new rights, US Administration confirms

25-american-flag-les-cunliffeThe UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution  on the elimination of discrimination against women and girls. While there is general consensus that women and girls should not be discriminated against, the problem with such resolutions is that abortion advocates, or governments influenced by them, habitually try to use them as an occasion to promote the notion that legalizing the slaughter of unborn children is a requirement deriving from that consensus. In that context, it is long-awaited good news that the US, which under the Obama Administration was the most aggressive abortion promoter world-wide, has changed its position. 

The United States representative disassociated his country from paragraphs that could be taken as creating a right to abortion, stating: 

“The United States believes that women should have equal access to reproductive health care. We remain committed to the commitments laid out in the Beijing Declaration and the International Conference on Population and DevelopmentProgramme of Action. As has been made clear over many years, there was international consensus that these documents do not create new international rights, including any right to abortion. The United States fully supports the principle of voluntary choice regarding maternal and child health and family planning. We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance.”

The same statement was read out also in the context of two further resolutions, one dealing with violence against women, and the other with child marriage.

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