U.K. Announces £600M Pledge To Support Family Planning Programs In Low-Income Nations, U.S. Forms Coalition Urging Elimination Of SRHR Language, Policies From U.N. Documents

Devex: U.K. announces £600M for SRHR amid U.S. opposition
“The United Kingdom government’s £600 million ($750 million) pledge to support family planning in low-income countries has been applauded by advocates in the wake of opposition to the issue from the United States and other conservative nations. International development secretary Alok Sharma announced the new funding package to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday, cementing the U.K.’s reputation as a leading family planning donor. … He made the announcement during a meeting on universal health care, at which the U.S. spoke out strongly against SRHR, calling for the phrase ‘sexual and reproductive health and rights’ to be dropped from U.N. documents…” (Edwards, 9/25).

Washington Post: U.S. joins 19 nations, including Saudi Arabia and Russia: ‘There is no international right to an abortion’
“The Trump administration declared there’s no ‘international right to abortion’ at a United Nations meeting in New York this week, calling on other countries to join a coalition pushing the elimination of what it calls ‘ambiguous’ terms and expressions, such as sexual and reproductive health, from U.N. documents. … Other countries, civil society, and women’s rights groups have expressed alarm at the efforts, and accused the United States of aligning with countries like Saudi Arabia and Sudan with poor human rights records and, also, of putting unfair pressure on poor countries that depend on U.S. aid…” (Cha, 9/24).

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