Trump Admin Confirms: “There is No International Human Right to Abortion”

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 17, 2020   |   1:07PM   |   Washington, DC

The Trump administration has repeatedly stood against pro-abortion nations at the United Nations and their attempt to turn killing babies into a worldwide human right.

Underscoring the point once again, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, in a meeting with top health officials from other countries, emphasized that there is no human right to kill babies in abortions.

“I stated this fact at the United Nations this past September, and I’ll repeat it here: there is no international human right to abortion. On the other hand, there is an international human right to life,” he said.

“President Trump has been clear, at the U.N. and on the world stage: Health care exists to improve health and preserve human life—the universal goal we all share,” he added.

Azar also condemned the push to create a so-called right to abortion on an international scale.

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“If the other side’s goal of making abortion an international human right becomes a reality, it will mean all countries with laws protecting the unborn will be in violation of international human rights laws, with all the consequences that could carry,” he said. “I am sure you are all familiar with the constant drumbeat in the halls of the United Nations and the WHO to normalize the terms “sexual and reproductive health” and “reproductive rights.” What reproductive rights are they talking about? In this context, it is increasingly becoming clear that some U.N. agencies and countries want this to mean unfettered access to abortion, and we cannot let this threat go unanswered.”

He told the foreign leaders that efforts to promote women’s health should actually promote women’s health, not abortion.

Azar said nations like the United States have a right to protect unborn children from abortion without interference from the United Nations or other countries.

“These issues are a topic of active debate here in the United States, in our domestic politics, including with regard to our abortion laws, which are some of the world’s most liberal. The Trump Administration has worked extremely hard to provide better protections for the unborn in the United States, and we do so working through our own legislative and legal systems,” he said. “There is no role in this debate for interference from U.N. agencies or other countries.”

Azar also thanked the representatives of pro-life nations who have stood up for unborn babies.

“Thank you for taking a courageous stand with us for the unborn. Thank you for standing up for the idea that every life has value,” he said. “Every country has the right, and the duty to its own citizens, to decide for themselves how laws and policies can best strengthen the family, ensure optimal health for women and adolescents throughout their lifespan, and protect the unborn.”

“It is not just one or two countries that care about national sovereignty, the family, protecting the unborn, and ensuring a genuinely positive vision for women’s health. In fact, many countries share this vision—and thanks to your willingness to work together with us, that can no longer be denied,” he added.