Joe Biden on Thursday removed the United States from a historic international pro-life declaration that pushes back against the United Nations’ pro-abortion agenda.
The Democrat president has a number of pro-abortion executive orders he issued today. Along with restoring taxpayer funding to abortion groups, Biden has ended the United States’ participation in the Geneva Consensus, which declares that there is no global right to abortion, the Washington Post reports.
CBS News also confirmed Biden plans to disavow or remove the U.S. from the pro-life declaration.
The Geneva Consensus criticizes the UN for supporting the killing of unborn babies in abortions across the world and urges countries to provide human rights and health care to all human beings, born and unborn. It calls for “better health for women, the preservation of human life and the strengthening of family as the foundational unit of society.”
The United States and 33 other countries, including Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia and Uganda, signed the declaration in October.
Though non-binding, the Geneva Consensus sent a strong message that the United States and other signers support unborn babies’ right to life and will not tolerate the United Nations’ abortion advocacy.
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“Abortion rights advocacy by some governments, world health and other international bodies is detracting attention and resources from women’s health needs on which there is widespread agreement,” the declaration states.
Instead, global leaders should “focus energy, time and resources on meeting women’s health needs for which there is widespread agreement regarding strategies,” it continues.
Austin Ruse, president of international pro-life group C-Fam, said the historic document was more than two decades in the making.
“C-Fam has worked for 24 years toward the declaration made by the Trump administration … together with a coalition of 32 UN Member States,” Ruse said in a statement last fall. “The United Nations has no business interfering in sovereign decisions when it comes to protecting life in the womb.”
President Donald Trump’s appointees Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Health Secretary Alex Azar, HHS officials Garrett Grigsby and Valerie Huber were actively involved in the declaration.
During its four years, the Trump administration repeatedly urged the United Nations to stop promoting abortions.
In September, United States and Vatican representatives criticized the inclusion of language promoting “sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights,” including abortions, in a UN COVID-19 response resolution. Just a month earlier, U.S. Ambassador Andrew Bremberg also slammed the international agency for “perverting” human rights by advocating for the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Trump also defunded the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) of millions of U.S. tax dollars. The Trump administration said the agency pushes abortions on other countries and has connections to China and its oppressive population control policies, including forced abortions and forced sterilizations. Under the pro-abortion Obama administration, U.S. taxpayers gave more than $300 million to UNFPA.
Biden, a pro-abortion Democrat, is expected to restore funding to UNFPA and other pro-abortion groups. On Thursday, he plans to sign several executive orders to rescind Trump’s pro-life policies and restore taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion group in America.