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Volume 14
No. 6
September, 2020

UN: US Pushes Back on UN Criticism of State Pro-Life Laws

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Andrew Bremberg responded to what he called a “bizarre and inexplicable letter” sent to the US from a group of UN special procedures mandate holders “alleging U.S. impingement to an assumed ‘right to abortion’.” The letter from the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls, the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health; and the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women charged that the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Iowa, Ohio, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee violated international law in their response to COVID-19 by not viewing abortion as “essential” health care.
 
They stated that “the above-mentioned states, with a long history of restrictive practices against abortion, seem to have been manipulating the crisis to severely restrict women’s reproductive rights.” The group urged the US to ensure “uninterrupted and timely access to the full range of abortion procedures, information and related services” not only during the pandemic but afterwards as well.
 
In his strong response, Ambassador Bremberg reminded them that there is no “right to abortion”:
 
“As United Nations human rights mandate holders, you are undoubtedly aware that international human rights law does not recognize any “right to abortion.” The United States is disappointed by and categorically rejects this transparent attempt to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to assert the existence of such a right. This is a perversion of the human rights system and the founding principles of the United Nations.”
 
Ambassador Bremberg rightly called out the mandate holders for wasting time and resources “on such spurious allegations rather than focusing your energies on areas where your attention is most appropriate and warranted. For instance, the Chinese Communist Party is currently directing the use of forced abortion, forced sterilization and forced birth control in Xinjiang.”
 
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In this Issue

 
Focus on the US
Biden's “Build Back Better”—Deadly for Unborn Babies
Candidates and Parties—Polarized on Abortion as Never Before 
President Reaffirms Pro-Life Commitment
What Pro-Abortion Organizations Expect from a Biden Administration
President Trump—Saving Lives Before and After Birth
Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Expansion
Pro-Life Leaders Thank President Trump
Funding withheld for Fetal Tissue Research
 
International Organizations
US Pushes Back on UN Criticism of State Pro-Life Laws
UN Secretary General Assures NGOs of Abortion Support
COE Commissioner--Slovak Lawmakers Should Reject Pro-Life Bill
 
Legislative News
Kenya: Pro-Lifers Put Hold on Abortion Bill
France: Parliament Approves Allowing Abortion on Demand Up To Birth
Czech Republic: Government Again Rejects Euthanasia
 
Executive News
Italy: Health Minister Approves DIY Abortion Drug
Argentina: Bill to Legalize Abortion Delayed until 2021
South Korea: Ministry Drafting Recommendations to Legalize Abortion´╗┐

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