United States Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar led a group of 19 nations in asking the United Nations this week to remove pro-abortion language from U.N. documents while President Donald Trump separately blasted its promotion of abortion.
Azar spoke before the U.N. General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage in New York City Monday on behalf of the U.S. and other countries that signed onto a recent statement expressing concern that the U.N. is undermining the role of the family.
The summit was held to discuss issues of climate control and healthcare.
“We do not support references to ambiguous terms and expressions, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights in U.N. documents, because they can undermine the critical role of the family and promote practices, like abortion, in circumstances that do not enjoy international consensus and which can be misinterpreted by U.N. agencies,” Azar said.
Azar said that terms like “sexual and reproductive health” don’t take into account “the key role of the family in health and education, nor the sovereign right of nations to implement health policies according to their national context.”
“There is no international right to an abortion and these terms should not be used to promote pro-abortion policies and measures,” Azar continued. “Further, we only support sex education that appreciates the protective role of the family in this education and does not condone harmful sexual risks for young people.”
Azar requested that U.N. agencies focus on efforts “that enjoy broad consensus among member states.”
“To that end, only documents that have been adopted by all member states should be cited in U.N. resolutions,” Azar added.
While making his statement, Azar was joined by representatives from Brazil, Poland and Iraq.
In July, Azar, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a joint letter asking international political leaders to join them in signing a statement to be presented at the U.N. General Assembly.
Others who signed onto the statement Azar read aloud at the U.N. headquarters include leaders from Bahrain, Belarus, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
“Efforts to advance such harmful policies in multilateral settings where global health policy is debated and set, like the United Nations and affiliated bodies such as the World Health Organization, are disturbing and must be challenged,” the letter from Pompeo and Azar to world leaders contends.
“They take the focus off real health issues and import policy debates that should be handled at the national, sub-national, or community level. Furthermore, we are disappointed that the tone of these debates is increasingly divisive, diminishing the focus on shared global health priorities.”
On Monday, the General Assembly adopted an 11-page declaration on universal health coverage that, among other things, calls for “universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights” by 2030.
On Tuesday, Trump used his speech before the U.N. General Assembly to send his own message against the global promotion of abortion.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith