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The UN pushes for abortion—the US pushes back

Defending life and resetting the US' international priorities on a path where all life is safeguarded is a trademark of this administration.

Mattea Merta Montreal, QC
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Over the course of the coronavirus crisis, we have seen governments, organizations, and international bodies, such as the United Nations and its various agencies, exploit the vulnerable in order to further a dangerous agenda. One that targets innocent children in the womb.

One international UN body that has been under the spotlight during this crisis is the World Health Organization. The WHO took the position of declaring abortion, a procedure that the American College of Pediatricians classified as "non-essential," to be that of "essential."

But this week, the US Agency for International Development sent a letter to the UN Secretary General in response to the United Nations Global Humanitarian Response Plan for the coronavirus crisis calling for the UN to cease treating abortion as "essential" humanitarian relief. This was an unprecedented letter, cristicizing the blatant and destructive promotion of abortion by the UN bureaucracy.

I say, all the more power to USAID in their standing up for the vulnerable and in keeping with their mandate to administer the US federal government's foreign civilian aid programs, which include disaster relief, technical assistance, poverty alleviation, and economic development, none of which involve abortion, a practice which intentionally kills innocent children in the womb. Promoting abortion overseas with the use of taxpayers dollars is seen by many as neo-colonialism and no government should ever be involved in such a Draconian measure, especially those that label themselves from that of a "developed" country.

John Barsa, acting Administrator of the USAID, sent UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres a letter where he called out the Secretary for "cynically placing the provision of 'sexual and reproductive health services' on the same level of importance as food-insecurity, essential health care, malnutrition, shelter, and sanitation."

In the letter, Barsa asked Guterres to remove references to "sexual and reproductive health" from the United Nation’s COVID-19 policies and to "drop the provision of abortion as an essential component of the UN's priorities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic." Barsa took this letter to a whole other level in exposing the term "sexual and reproductive health" as it is not only ambiguous but controversial.

Why is it so important that Barsa exposed this terminology? Because, UN agencies have gotten away with this loose language for far too long and have been able to interpret it in any way they deem appropriate to fit their pro-abortion agenda. Barsa called for UN agencies to be guided by "clear language and take clear action to address the real needs of vulnerable people around the world without promoting abortion."

Barsa said the United Nations should focus on "life-saving interventions" and the "most urgent, concrete needs" as well as providing "essential healthcare" and addressing "food shortages." "To achieve global unity toward this goal, it is essential that the UN's response to the pandemic avoid creating controversy," Barsa stated. "The UN should not use this crisis as an opportunity to advance access to abortion as an essential service," said Barsa in his rebuke of Secretary Guterres for promoting "the widespread distribution of abortion-inducing drugs and abortion supplies, and for the promotion of abortion in local country settings."

Barsa called out what very few understand about the UN, and that is how often they use their agencies who work in conjunction with NGO’s on the ground, to directly circumvent a nation’s sovereignty, saying, "To use the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification to pressure governments to change their laws is an effort to the autonomy of each society to determine its own national policies on health care," Barsa continued, "The UN should not intimidate or coerce Member States that are committed to the right to life."

Sharon Slater, the President of Family Watch International stated, "We are thrilled that USAID under the Trump administration has called out the United Nations for using the COVID-19 crisis to advance abortion. We hope this is just the beginning of US advocacy on this front. We would urge USAID to conduct a system-wide audit of all UN agencies and entities to uncover the ample evidence of abortion advocacy contrary to international law, which calls for respect for human life (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 3). We would further urge the Trump administration to make all UN funding conditional upon the adherence to protection of life policies. We also applaud the administration for consistently calling for the respect for the sovereign rights of nations to determine their own national policies."

Currently, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is negotiating the UN’s annual resolution on humanitarian work adding focused interventions on the pandemic, this is why it is so significant that Barsa’s letter came when it did.

Antonio Guterres, the UN's Secretary General, has been requesting UN member states to endorse his plan which includes abortion provisions and fund it in the humanitarian resolution. Thankfully, the US administration sees right through the abortion lobby trying to exploit the coronavirus crisis and is bold enough to call them out on it. Defending life and resetting the US international priorities on a path where all life is safeguarded is a trademark of this administration.

A true humanitarian does not promote the killing of the innocent but seeks to help those who are in suffering. Abortion being touted as humanitarian relief by the United Nations and her corresponding agencies is an assault on what it is to care for our global neighbors. From reinstating the Mexico City Policy, to implementing the Siljander Amendment, to the President of the United States being the first ever to speak at the March for Life, to this bold letter by USAID, this administration continues in making strides toward protecting life. They are not just talk, but action, a lesson countries the world over could learn from.

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