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Volume 14
No. 5
July, 2020

US Again Speaks Out Against Abortion

The US again spoke out against attempts to include promotion of abortion in a UN negotiated text while the EU, Canada and a number of other countries refused to agree with the draft outcome document of the virtual meeting of the 53rd Commission on Population and Development on the theme "Population, food security, nutrition and sustainable development" if references to abortion were not included.
The impasse resulted in the chair of the meeting withdrawing the text and issuing a report that explains he withdrew the text in part because "no agreement was reached on references to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights". There were also differences among Member States on how to refer to the controversial and questionable outcome documents of the regional review conferences of the ICPD Programme of Action.
"We regret that it was not possible to reach consensus on a declaration this year, noting the central theme of food security and nutrition, an issue of increasing importance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of the devastating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of people around the world, the Commission should have been wholly-focused on reaching an outcome that supported this theme, and set aside issues that do not enjoy consensus, such as that of sexual and reproductive health."
Support for the inclusion of references to reproductive rights/abortion can be read in a number of country statements including from Canada which called abortion "a crucial service":
"While health systems are straining to respond adequately to the pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure that crucial services are not diverted so that gains to protect comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to safe abortion and contraception, are not curtailed."
NGO statements were submitted last fall and can be found on the 53rd CPD website.
PNCI's Director wrote the submission for Priests for Life and emphasized the need to provide food security and nutrition, including micronutrients, for pregnant women and lactating mothers during the first 1000 days of life from conception to the second birthday and for all women and adolescents of reproductive age. The statement explained that when women of child-bearing age are well nourished, they are healthier and better able to provide nourishment for the child in the womb when they conceive, and to make nutritious food choices for their child under age two - all essential to ensuring healthy physical and cognitive development. The end result is that when children thrive, they are empowered to reach their potential, to go to school and become healthy adults who are better equipped to make meaningful contributions to their families, society, and country.
It is profoundly regrettable that abortion activism prevents agreement on the need to provide food security and nutrition so vital for sustainable development especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

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In this Issue

International Pressure for Abortion
Pro-Abortion NGOs Rocked by Charges of Racism, 'White Supremacy'
Oh Canada, "Mothers and babies need support, not abortion!"
Defending Life
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Funding Restrictions
Actor Thanks President Trump; Asks for Prayer for Pro-Life Leaders
Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights
El Salvador- Evidence Reveals Equal Disregard for Newly Born and Unborn
Focus on the United Nations
US Again Speaks Out Against Abortion
Abortionist Appointed to UN Position on Health
Focus on the OAS
IACHR Calls for Access to Reproductive Health Services during Pandemic
Legislative News
UK: Pro-Life Hail Victory as Pro-Abortion Amendments Fail 
Northern Ireland Says No, UK Votes Yes to Impose Abortion Law 
Kenya: Senate Considers Bill to Expand Abortion 
Guernsey: Abortion to be Allowed 
US: Tennessee Approves Heartbeat Bill 
Judicial News
US: Supreme Court Strikes Down State Law Regulating Abortion Clinics
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