The leaders of Salt Lake City don’t seem to understand the concept of human rights.
Every year, the city Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Human Rights and the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission give away Human Rights Awards to recognize organizations and individuals that have worked to improve the lives of people in the community, the Desert News reports.
But this year, Utah city Mayor Ralph Becker’s administration gave the Human Rights Award to a group responsible for destroying the human rights of more than 330,000 unborn babies every year – Planned Parenthood.
The Salt Lake City Tribune reports that Becker’s office described the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah as one of the state’s biggest human rights champions.
Kilo Zamora, chairman of the city Human Rights Commission, claimed that the abortion giant improves life for Salt Lake City’s women.
“It’s an award that’s past due,” Zamora told the newspaper. “This is about women’s health.”
He added that Planned Parenthood has been nominated for the Human Rights Award for the past three years.
The award comes after Utah pro-life Gov. Gary Herbert moved to cut approximately $200,000 in federal funding from the abortion giant’s Utah affiliate in August. The move came in the wake of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress showing top Planned Parenthood officials trafficking aborted babies’ body parts. A federal judge later blocked Herbert’s directive.
Earlier this month, Utah legislators announced two new bills that will protect unborn babies from painful later abortions and de-fund Planned Parenthood, LifeNews previously reported.
Utah state Sen. Margaret Dayton said she is working on drafting the de-funding bill, which would block funding to Planned Parenthood and other groups that promote or provide abortions. Planned Parenthood in Utah receives about $200,000 a year in federal funds, according to the Associated Press.
“If we de-fund a certain organization that promotes a practice that we do not believe in, women’s services will still be available,” Dayton said at the news conference.
Utah state Sen. Curt Bramble announced that he is preparing a bill to ban abortions when an unborn baby can feel pain, commonly 20 weeks, according to the AP. So far, 11 other states have passed laws banning abortion at 20 weeks when unborn babies can feel pain, according to the report.
Zamora said the award was not a response to the governor’s de-funding move or the pro-life legislation.
Two individuals also received Human Rights Awards from the Utah city this year.