President Donald Trump today slammed “global bureaucrats” at the United Nations for prompting abortion worldwide.
“We are aware that many United Nations projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, right up until the moment of delivery,” he said. “Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life. Like many nations here today we in America believe that every child, born and unborn, is a sacred gift from God.”
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National Right to Life praised pro-life President Trump for his remarks at the United Nations General Assembly.
“We thank and praise President Trump for his continuing leadership on preserving and defending the right to life for all innocent human life,” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, told LifeNews. “His remarks today at the U.N. General Assembly serve to remind world leaders that abortion is not an international right.”
NRLC said “Trump has an extensive pro-life record. He first restored the “Mexico City Policy,” which prevents tax funds from being given to organizations that perform abortions or lobby to change the abortion laws of host countries. He later expanded the policy, now called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” to prevent $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the global abortion industry.”
The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) also praised the president.
“The Trump administration’s strong pro-life leadership on the world stage is no secret,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “From day one, President Trump has worked to restore respect for life as a foundational American value not only in our domestic policies, but in our international relations as well. Secretaries Pompeo and Azar have played key roles in advancing the President’s pro-life agenda and deserve credit for their efforts.”
Bradley Mattes, president of Life Issues Institute, also told LifeNews:
“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.”
The president’s comments come just one day after the Trump administration urged countries across the world to stand up for the rights of unborn babies by opposing radical pro-abortion policies at the United Nations.
In a letter leaked to the Guardian signed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the United States urged countries to join a “growing coalition” in opposing the “harmful” pro-abortion agenda.
The Guardian, a pro-abortion news outlet, described the letter as an attempt to “rollback women’s rights.” But abortion appears to be the real issue of concern.
The letter criticized the United Nations for using vague language that encourages countries to promote abortion on demand.
“We remain gravely concerned that aggressive efforts to reinterpret international instruments to create a new international right to abortion and to promote international policies that weaken the family have advanced through some United Nations fora,” the letter stated.
The letter asked countries to join the U.S. to ensure that every nation can “determine the best way to protect the unborn and defend the family as the foundational unity of society vital to children thriving and leading healthy lives.”
It also expressed concerns about UN policies diminishing the role of parents in sexual and reproductive issues involving their children. It said vague phrases in global health policy documents, including “sexual and reproductive health,” may be interpreted to push abortion on pro-life countries.
Such phrases have “been asserted to mean promotion of abortion, including pressuring countries to abandon religious principles and cultural norms enshrined in law that protect unborn life,” the letter continued.
The United Nations often advocates for abortion on demand, but the Trump administration has been working against the radical pro-abortion agenda.
In 2017, Trump officials stopped funding a United Nations agency linked to forced and coerced abortions. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) “partners on family planning activities with the Chinese government agency responsible for these coercive policies,” the administration said in defense of its decision. China’s oppressive one child policy, recently changed to a two-child limit, has led to forced and coerced abortions up through nine months of pregnancy, as well as forced and coerced sterilizations.
In April, Trump officials also intervened to stop the UN from supporting abortion in a resolution to protect victims of rape.
The Trump administration has been changing national and international policies to prioritize real human rights issues, including protections for unborn babies, as well. In 2018, the State Department removed references to the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby from a global human rights report.
Trump also reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding to groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. The change defunded Planned Parenthood’s international arm of about $100 million in U.S. tax dollars and the British-based abortion chain Marie Stopes International of about $73 million.