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Volume 14
No. 1
February, 2020

UN Women: Advancing Abortion in the Name of Equality

UN Women has been organizing events and initiatives to mark the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where despite intense pressure from the US delegation, led by then First Lady Hillary Clinton, abortion was not recognized as a so-called international human right in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995. UN Women is now working to go beyond Beijing in promotion of unfettered access to abortion.
 
It has established a Generation Equality Forum, along with Mexico and France as co-sponsors, and announced the designation of six action areas it believes are needed to achieve equality including access to abortion under "Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)".
 
This action area appears to be a direct attempt to advance the pro-abortion extremism that has continually been rejected during negotiated UN meetings. A look at the decision making body for the Generation Equality Forum, known as the Core Group, and its advisory board, removes any doubt about the abortion nature of the Forum. One of the five members of the Core Group is the Director of Advocacy and Policy for International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC), an organization that works "to expand the availability and quality of safe abortion services as part of comprehensive reproductive health policies and programs".
 
Members of the Civil Society Advisory Group which assist the Core Group to ensure "that civil society's priorities are reflected in the Forum's outcomes" contains representatives of leading pro-abortion organizations such as Ipas, ARROW, AWID, and FEMNET. The description for the Senior Policy Advisor from Ipas who is a member of the Advisory Group states that she "focuses her advocacy and energy into advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, including and especially the right for every women and girl to access safe abortion care, regardless of her circumstance."
 
news article in All Africa not only confirmed that the expression "bodily autonomy" refers to abortion but it revealed the strategy to use the Equality Forum to advance the SRHR agenda. In the report, Purnima Mane, a former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), lamented what she called "inadequate progress and sometimes downright rollback of women's right to exercise bodily autonomy through the right to abortion".
 
She acknowledged that the UN has been limited in its work on abortion because abortion is not included in human rights treaties which she said was as a result of significant opposition from many quarters, including the work of the United States. She stated what pro-life advocates know to be true, "Besides, these treaties are not legally binding and some countries specifically see these issues as covered by domestic law." However, she explained that the UN often provides platforms to integrate women's rights more broadly, including the "right to bodily autonomy" which can be seen in this latest effort by UN Women leading up to CSW64.
 
The Equality Forum is scheduled to meet in Mexico City, May 7-8, 2020, and to culminate in Paris, July 7-10, 2020. NGOS, including IPPF, Marie Stopes International, EngenderHealth, Center for Reproductive Rights, PAI, European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YouAct), and Women Deliver have written a letter to French President Macron asking him to have France take a leadership role in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights at the Generation Equality Forum and at the United Nations.
 
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In This Double Issue

 
US: Pro-Life Strong 47 Years after Legalization of Abortion on Demand
March for Life
President Trump and the Trump Administration
US Congress
States: A Battleground for Abortion Laws
US Supreme Court
 
Defending Life
Ireland: Pro-Life Lawmakers Re-elected
 
Focus on the United Nations
UN Women: Advancing Abortion in the Name of Equality 
 
International Pressure for Abortion
Ipas: Promoting Access to Abortion in Kenya and Nigeria
Doctors Without Borders Provides Online Abortion Instructions 
FIGO Advancing Abortion in Ten African Countries, Panama and Peru
European Funding for Abortion, Fears Over US Pro-Life Administration
SheDecides Recognizes MPs Promoting Abortion
 
Legislative News
Mexico: Abortion bill defeated in State of Hidalgo
EU: Workshop for European Parliament Staff Focuses on Strategies to Promote Reproductive Rights
EU: Nordic MEPs Send Trump Letter Protesting Mexico City Policy
India: Proposed Bill Will Expand Access to Abortion
Isle of Man: Parliament Kills Assisted Suicide Measure
 
Judicial News
Colombia: Challenge to Legal Abortion    

 


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