Ignoring calls from the Trump administration to stop pushing abortion, a group of United Nations officials criticized several American states this week for trying to protect unborn babies from abortion during the coronavirus outbreak.
Republic World reports the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls issued a statement slamming Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Iowa and Ohio for including elective abortions in their temporary bans on non-essential medical procedures during the coronavirus crisis.
“We regret that the above-mentioned states, with a long history of restrictive practices against abortion, appear to be manipulating the crisis to severely restrict women’s reproductive rights,” said Elizabeth Broderick, vice chair of the group.
“We fear that, without clear political will to reverse such restrictive and regressive trends, states will continue pursuing this pattern,” Broderick continued.
The UN group claimed pro-life leaders put women at risk when they tried to stop elective abortions, along with a long list of other non-essential medical procedures. It argued that the temporary bans forced women to travel to different states for abortions, increasing their possible exposure to the coronavirus.
This is wrong on multiple points. Only Texas was allowed to stop abortions for a short period of time. The abortion industry sued and courts stopped all of the other states from enforcing or fully enforcing their orders, and the Texas order was upheld only for a short period of time. So, women still could abort their unborn babies unhindered in most states.
The UN also is wrong that the measures put women at risk. Women do not need to abort their unborn babies to be healthy. Women’s decisions to travel out of state for abortions were their choices.
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Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent,” and abortion facilities that continue to operate during the pandemic are being “medically irresponsible.” Common abortion complications include infections, blood clots, hemorrhaging and an incomplete abortion. Abortion risks include future preterm births, breast cancer, suicide, anxiety/depression, and death. And it is not true that abortions are safer than childbirth.
Contradicting the expertise of thousands of doctors, the UN group claimed abortions are “essential health care.”
“We reiterate that sexual and reproductive health services, including access to safe and legal abortion, are essential and must remain a key component of the UN’s priorities in its responses to the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said in a statement.
It also expressed extreme “concern” about the Trump administration’s recent pro-life actions. Last week, the Trump administration slammed the UN for trying to “intimidate” pro-life countries into allowing abortion on demand, using coronavirus aid funds.
The “unprecedented” criticism came in a letter from U.S. Agency for International Development acting administrator John Barsa to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, according to C-Fam.
“The UN should not intimidate or coerce Member States that are committed to the right to life,” Barsa wrote. “To use the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification to pressure governments to change their laws [on abortion] is an affront to the autonomy of each society to determine its own national policies on health care. The United States stands with nations that have pledged to protect the unborn.”
The Republican president’s leaders also criticized the UN and the World Health Organization (WHO) for calling the killing of unborn babies in abortions “essential” during a global health crisis, and urged the organizations to remove references to “sexual and reproductive health services,” which includes abortions, from coronavirus response plans.
Trump also threatened to leave the WHO and fully cut off its funding. In April, the president halted funding to the WHO, saying the international agency botched its response to the pandemic.
America gives huge amounts of money to the United Nations. However, Trump and his administration have been pushing back aggressively against the UN’s pro-abortion agenda, insisting that countries support women and children, born and unborn. Starting in 2017, Trump stopped giving tax dollars to the United Nations Population Fund, which promotes abortions.