President Trump announced Friday that he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to succeed Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Haley was lauded by pro-life groups for standing up for pro-life values at the UN< which has a history of pushing abortion.
“Heather Nauert will be nominated [for U.S. ambassador]. She’s done work with Nikki Haley to replace Nikki at the United Nations. She will be ambassador to the United Nations,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn today. “She’s very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she’s going to be respected by all.”
Nauert is a former Fox News correspondent and “Fox & Friends” co-host.
Haley was celebrated by the pro-life movement and the former South Carolina governor is adamantly pro-life.
”It has been the honor of a lifetime” to be UN ambassador, Haley said when announcing she was stepping down. She indicated she is not running in 2020 and will leave at the end of the year.
“I believe in term limits … I think you have to be selfless enough to know when to step aside and let someone else do the job,” she said.
From the pro-life standpoint, Haley was responsible for overseeing United States’ withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council, a misnamed group that rarely promotes authentic human rights and spent more time pushing abortion than stopping global human rights atrocities.
“No one should make the mistake of equating membership in the Human Rights Council with support for human rights. To this day, the United States does more for human rights, both inside the U.N., and around the world, [than] any other country. And we will continue to do that,” said Haley at the time.
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“We just won’t do it inside a council that consistently fails the cause of human rights.”
On June 19, the United States announced it was leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council, citing the council’s bias against Israel and its tolerance for human rights abusers to be included in the council. The decision was good news for pro-life advocates as the so-called human rights organization pushed for a global right to kill unborn children in abortions.
At the time of the announcement, Haley said that the council was a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.”
The so-called UN human rights group has a history of denying human rights to children before birth.
In 2012, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva inched closer to asserting abortion as a human right when it passed a resolution endorsing a controversial new set of guidelines on maternal mortality. The guidelines were crafted with input from abortion advocates and reflect a view rejected by nations at the UN General Assembly.
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The resolution, sponsored by New Zealand, Burkina Faso, and Colombia, endorsed a “technical guidance” paper by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that included abortion under the term “sexual and reproductive health rights.”
Council members opposing the resolution said, “A human rights-based approach to maternal mortality and morbidity has to respect the sovereignty of states . . . with full respect for the various religious and ethical values and cultural backgrounds of its people, and in conformity with universally recognized international human rights” which so far does not include abortion.
The UN Human Rights Council also castigated Ireland for its pro-life laws protecting unborn babies from abortion, helping pave the way to overturning them.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, praised the move in comments to LifeNews.
“The United Nations’ dedication to defending human rights has strayed so far from its conception post-World War II when President Harry Truman appointed Eleanor Roosevelt to the first American delegation to the U.N.,” she said. “Today the UNHRC itself is a remake of its predecessor, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which had to be replaced because it valued partisan politics above human beings. History is nothing if not repetitive, and today the UNHRC is facing the same fate as the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. The United States is willing to call it what it is.”
Nance added: “The United States has asked the Council to face its hypocrisy. We have asked that they expel nations who are blatant human rights abusers, such as Venezuela, China, and Saudi Arabia. Ambassador Haley put forth minimum requirements for the United States’ involvement, and all of them have been ignored. It is not our obligation to align ourselves with an international body that claims to stand for human rights but cherry picks which humans deserve those rights.”
Late this year, the United Nations Human Rights Committee drafted a memo saying that abortion and physician-assisted suicide should be universal human rights.