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Volume 14
No. 4
June, 2020

UN "Experts" Object to US States' Right to Decide Abortion Policy

Pro-abortion activists serving on the Working Group on discrimination against women and girls attacked US states for not treating abortion as "essential" during the COVID-19 crisis. In the release, United States: Authorities manipulating COVID-19 crisis to restrict access to abortionissued by the UN's Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, the activists target Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Iowa, Ohio, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee.
 
According to Elizabeth Broderick, Vice-Chair of the Working Group, "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.
 
"This situation is also the latest example illustrating a pattern of restrictions and retrogressions in access to legal abortion care across the country. We fear that, without clear political will to reverse such restrictive and regressive trends, states will continue pursuing this pattern."
 
The Working Group also expressed its opposition to USAID's letter to the UN Secretary General which requested the removal of references to "sexual and reproductive health and its derivatives" from the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) on COVID-19.
 
Broderick said, "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."
 
PNCI notes that the Working Group disregards UN consensus agreed to in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action which states in 8.25 "Any measures or changes related to abortion within the health system can only be determined at the national or local level according to the national legislative process". State legislators are the ones to determine state policy on abortion, not abortion activists who are appointed by the Human Rights Council to serve on Special Procedures. 

 
 
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In this Issue

 
In This Issue: 
 
Focus on the United Nations
US Urges UN Secretary General to Focus on Life-saving, not Abortion
Trump Administration to WHO Assembly: "There is no right to abortion"
UN "Experts" Object to US States' Right to Decide Abortion Policy
Group Advancing Abortion in Crises Opposes USAID Letter  
Pro-Abortion NGOs Oppose US Letter Against Abortion
 
International Pressure for Abortion
Former UN Deputy Human Rights Commissioner Heading IPPF Board
What Pro-Abortionists Seeks on State Level During the COVID-19
Pro Aborts Seek to Secure Abortion Gains
Latin America and Caribbean: IPPF Demands for Women during COVID-19 Pandemic
 
Legislative News
UK: Legislation to Ban Abortions for Minor Disabilities
Mexico: States Advance Pro-Life Initiatives, Block Pro-Abortions
 
Executive News
NI: UK Will Exert as Much Power as Needed to Enforce Abortion Law
Argentina: President Remains Determined to Legalize Abortion
 
Judicial News
UK: Court Approves DIY Abortions During COVID-19 Lockdown
ACOG and ACLU Sue FDA to Make Abortion Pills Available

 


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