Hundreds of human rights groups across Central and South America criticized the United Nations this week for advocating for the killing of unborn babies in abortions during the coronavirus crisis.
Their concerns are similar to those raised by the Trump administration about UN coronavirus aid proposals and human rights for the unborn.
According to the Catholic News Service, 434 human rights organizations in 16 countries published the “International Manifesto for the Right to Life” in response to the UN Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19.
They delivered it to the foreign ministry offices in Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador amid growing concerns about the UN pushing abortions in pro-life countries.
The document urges the UN to “focus on public policies based on human dignity” and end “any attempt to interfere with or attack the sovereignty of our countries, in particular coming from the U.N. and its principal agencies.”
It also accuses the UN of requiring Ecuador to support “safe, legal abortion” as a condition for coronavirus aid funds, according to the report.
Here’s more from the report:
The plan claims to be “humanitarian aid” but “includes a $3 million allocation to train health care personnel in so-called ‘safe and legal abortion,’ in violation of the Constitution and Ecuadoran laws,” the manifesto says.
The manifesto also rejects the “Joint Statement on Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Promoting Gender-responsiveness in the COVID-19 Crisis” signed by representatives of 59 countries – including Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru – which promotes access to abortion.
Luis Losada, director of the Latin American branch of the pro-life organization CitizenGO, told CNA that the UN is violating its own commitment to respect the sovereignty of nations.
“It violates the Constitution of Ecuador that protects the right to life from the moment of conception,” he said. “And it violates the parliamentary debate (in Ecuador) that took place last year on the proposal to decriminalize abortion, which fortunately did not succeed.”
Last week, a group of United Nations officials ignored calls from the Trump administration to stop pushing abortion when it criticized several American states for trying to protect unborn babies from abortion during the coronavirus outbreak. The UN Working Group on Discrimination claimed abortions are “essential health care,” and pro-life efforts put women at risk.
However, 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.
This week, the Trump administration continued to stand up for the rights of unborn babies and pro-life countries when it rejected a United Nations aid plan that promotes abortions. According to the pro-life organization C-Fam, which lobbies at the United Nations, the U.S. representatives to the UN to approve the UN agreement on global humanitarian assistance for the coronavirus and other emergencies because of the pro-abortion agenda within the plan.
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.
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.