U.S. Delegation To U.N. Human Rights Council Refuses To Endorse Section Supporting Right To Safe Abortion In Resolution Condemning Abuse, Discrimination Of Women

Agence France-Presse: U.S. balks at ‘abortion’ mention in U.N. call to fight abuse of women
“The U.N. Human Rights Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday condemning abuse and discrimination of women, but Washington refused to back one paragraph mentioning access to safe abortions. The strongly worded resolution, tabled by Canada, expressed ‘outrage at the persistence and pervasiveness of all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide,’ calling on countries to take immediate steps to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination…” (6/22).

Reuters: United States rejects U.N. call for access to safe abortions
“…U.S. First Secretary to the U.N. in Geneva Jason Mack said, after a resolution from Canada on eliminating violence against women was adopted by consensus, that the U.S. ‘must dissociate from the consensus’ specifically on access to safe abortions. ‘We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance,’ he said in a statement read to the Council…” (Nebehay, 6/22).