Trump Administration’s Nominee For U.S. Representative To U.N. In Geneva Controversial Because Of Views On Abortion

The Guardian: Trump’s pick for U.S. representative to the U.N. is a dangerous anti-abortion fanatic
Bergen Cooper, director of policy research, and Beirne Roose-Snyder, director for public policy, both at the Center for Health and Gender Equity

“During a fiery hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month, Andrew Bremberg, President Trump’s controversial nominee for U.S. representative to the United Nations office in Geneva, declared that victims of rape and sexual violence should not be allowed to terminate their pregnancies. Bremberg pledged that, if confirmed, he would vote against any U.N. resolution outlining fundamental rights for survivors of sexual violence if they include abortion. Bremberg also took credit for driving the Trump administration’s massive expansion of the global gag rule, or ‘Mexico City policy’ … To be clear, Bremberg is taking credit for cutting off access to life-saving HIV prevention, treatment, and care; cervical cancer screening; voluntary male medical circumcision; and gender-based violence screening. … Unlike previous iterations, Trump’s global gag rule targets nearly all global health assistance funds, and has already cut funding [to certain foreign NGOs that did not certify the Mexico City policy] for programs targeting issues such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, tuberculosis, family planning and reproductive health, nutrition, non-communicable diseases, water, sanitation and hygiene at the household and community levels, and the Zika virus. … Given all that we know about Trump’s contributions to the global gag rule, it’s clear that matters will only get worse with Andrew Bremberg in charge…” (7/5).

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