Today Bradley Mattes, president of Life Issues Institute and of the International Right to Life Federation, praised United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar for their recent letter inviting world leaders to join the U.S. in standing against efforts within the United Nations to create an international right to abortion on demand.
The letter follows a joint statement at the 2019 World Health Assembly, delivered by the U.S. and eight other countries (Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia), condemning the interpretation of ambiguous terms such as “sexual and reproductive health and rights” to impose a pro-abortion agenda.
Mattes offered the following response:
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“This unprecedented letter from two high-ranking United States Cabinet members is welcome news to the international pro-life community. Abortion advocates are trying to do an end run around official United Nations agreements by insisting on using ambiguous terms like ‘sexual and reproductive health’ and ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ – code phrases for imposing abortion on demand on countries where unborn babies are protected by law.
The Trump administration is reaching out to governments worldwide, asking for their support at the U.N. to stand up to pro-abortion government entities including the European Union and keep pro-abortion language out of documents. We thank Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Azar, and especially President Trump for their extraordinary leadership and commitment to promoting a culture of life around the globe.”