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USAID Adviser Calls U.S. ‘Pro-Life Country’ During U.N. CSW Outcome Document Negotiations

The Independent: Trump official says U.S. is ‘pro-life country’ at closed-door U.N. meeting
“An official appointed by President Donald Trump said during a closed-door United Nations meeting that the ‘U.S. is a pro-life country,’ despite the fact both the law and public opinion support a woman’s right to access legal and safe abortion. Bethany Kozma, a senior adviser in the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for [the] U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), made the statement while countries negotiated the final document of the ongoing, annual women’s rights conference. … As part of the negotiations on the roughly 70-page outcome document, issued every year at the end of the conference, Ms. Kozma and the U.S. delegation also called for deleting any mention of the phrase ‘modern contraceptives’ and replacing it with the phrase ‘family planning’…” (Sampathkumar, 3/22).

Newsweek: Trump Sends Anti-Trans Pro-Lifer Bethany Kozma to Women’s Rights Conference at the U.N.
“The Trump administration has reportedly sent a delegate who once called trans children ‘gender confused’ and described the U.S. as a ‘pro-life nation’ to a United Nations meeting being held to promote gender equality. … Bethany Kozma attended [the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)] as the senior adviser for the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the U.S. Agency for International Development … The Department of State, CSW organizers U.N. Women, and the Agency for International Development did not immediately respond to a request to confirm Kozma’s attendance and the statements she made…” (Gander, 3/22).

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