U.S. rejects UN abortion resolution proposal
By Marvin Schrebe
On Thursday June 22, the United States rejected a United Nations resolution on violence against women that calls for access to abortion. “We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance,"said U. S. First Secretary to the United Nations in Geneva, Jason Mack.
President Trump’s administration said last month that it was making sweeping changes to block funding for foreign groups that provide abortion information and services. After a Canadian resolution on eliminating violence against women Mack said the US “must dissociate from the consensus” specifically concerning abortions.
The measure said all women should have equal access to “comprehensive sexual and health-care services” which included modern contraception, prevention programs for adolescent pregnancy, and “safe abortion where services are permitted by national law.”
Despite rejecting that call, the US said that it “strongly supports the spirit of this resolution and joins other members of this Council in condemning all acts of violence against women and girls.”
The United States is one of the Council's 47 member states, which are elected by the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
The U.S. State Department announced earlier this year that it would no longer fund the United Nations Population Fund because the group "supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization."