Trump Admin Tells World Health Assembly: “Abortion is Not a Method of Family Planning”

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 24, 2018   |   5:18PM   |   Washington, DC

President Donald Trump has been standing up for unborn children domestically with his recent decision to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business of $60 million dollars and Family Planning dollars.

But now the Trump Administration is taking its pro-life advocacy on the road. Administration officials stood up for pro-life values on an international level by telling the world Health Assembly today that abortion is not a method of family planning. That is a significant departure from the Obama Administration, which went to the United Nations and other International meetings and pressed for abortion as a so-called human right.

Today the United States delegation issued a strong pro-life statement at the World Health Assembly in Geneva criticizing recent efforts by the World Health Organization to promote abortion.

The U.S. statement expressed “deep concern” that WHO’s Human Reproduction Program is slanted in favor of only one viewpoint and that it includes projects in the area of abortion.

“We remind our fellow delegates,” the statement said, “that the International Conference on Population and Development forged international consensus that abortion should in no case be promoted as a method of family planning.”

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The U.S. statement added: “The United States remains a stalwart defender and donor to maternal and children’s health, life, and wellbeing. And we will never waiver on that support.”

Ambassador Kevin Moley, Assistant Secretary of State, helped ensure that the Trump administration’s pro-life view was reflected in the U.S. position.

Scott Fischbach, a leading pro-life advocate at the UN and on the international level, told LifeNews that global abortion activists continue attempting to push abortion on international agencies and nations around the world.

“There has been a growing activist trend at WHO encouraging the legalization of abortion worldwide. Yet abortion is not an international right. No United Nations treaty has ever created a right to abortion,” he said. “Nor is legalized abortion a solution to maternal mortality. Maternal mortality depends on the quality of maternal health care. It does not depend on the legal status or availability of abortion.”

“We applaud the Trump administration for this pro-life statement. The World Health Organization should stick to health, not abortion advocacy,” he concluded.