U.S., 18 Other Nations Present Joint Statement Urging U.N. Drop SRHR References From Official Documents, Saying Language ‘Ambiguous’

CNN: Trump administration pushes U.N. to drop mentions of reproductive health from official documents
“U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is encouraging world leaders to expand access to health care without the inclusion of terms such as ‘reproductive health and rights.’ He delivered these remarks at a high-level meeting on universal health coverage during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Monday…” (Howard, 9/23).

The Hill: Trump administration pushes U.N. to drop mentions of reproductive health from official documents
“…Azar called on the U.N. to oppose what he called ‘ambiguous terms’ pertaining to sexual health. ‘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…” (Budryk, 9/23).

MEA WorldWide: U.S. and 18 countries tell U.N. there is ‘no international right to abortion’; pro- and anti-reproductive rights groups react
“…Azar was joined by representatives from countries like Brazil, Iraq, and Poland while making the statement which was signed by 17 countries besides the U.S. and Russia. The latest remarks issued by the U.S. health secretary came after a letter was released in July by Azar and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It spoke about similar concerns and asked foreign leaders to ‘join the United States in ensuring that every sovereign state has the ability to determine the best way to protect the unborn and defend the family as the foundational unit of society vital to children thriving and leading healthy lives’…” (Ghosh, 9/23).

NPR: At U.N., Trump Administration Professes ‘No International Right To An Abortion’
“…Conservative groups are praising the statement, saying the U.S. should focus on what they describe as less divisive issues such as maternal mortality. … Meanwhile, reproductive rights groups are calling for expanded access to abortion and contraception around the globe. … The U.N. press office says it has not received that statement, but the Netherlands’ minister of foreign trade, Sigrid Kaag, tweeted and spoke in support of sexual and reproductive health care on behalf of several countries…” (McCammon, 9/23).

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