Trump Admin Stands Against UN Using Vague “Reproductive Health” Language to Promote Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 17, 2018   |   5:53PM   |   Washington, DC

The Trump Administration continues to press pro-life values at the United Nations. And in a vote today, the United States was the only nation to oppose using vague language about reproductive health to promote abortion.

The United Nations has a long history of attempting to use these kinds of vague phrases about women’s health to push its abortion agenda. Leading pro-life groups have been trying to stop that effort for years.

Here is more on today’s vote:

Reuters noted on Monday that the U.S. also “unsuccessfully tried to remove two paragraphs from a General Assembly resolution on preventing violence and sexual harassment of women and girls. It was the only country to vote against the language, while 131 countries voted to keep it in the resolution and 31 abstained.”

This was part of their campaign against the ambiguous terms of “sexual and reproductive health” and “sexual and reproductive health-care services.”

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The U.S. explained earlier this month that the language has “accumulated connotations that suggest the promotion of abortion or a right to abortion that are unacceptable to our administration.”

“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,” they emphasized. “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 global health assistance.”