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President Trump Files UN Declaration Saying “There is No International Right to Abortion”
lifenews ^ | 12/21/2020 | Stefano Gennarini JD

Posted on 12/21/2020 6:10:22 PM PST by xomething

Secretary General. Joined by 34 other countries, the document enshrines the Trump administration’s pro-life diplomacy on the official record of the General Assembly.

“The United States strongly supports the dignity of all human beings and protecting life from the moment of conception throughout the lifespan,” Ambassador Kelly Craft wrote to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres transmitting the Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family.

Following the letter, the declaration was issued as an official document of the United Nations last week and circulated on December 11, after having been translated into all six official UN languages.

“The United States, along with our like-minded partners, believes strongly that there is no international right to abortion and that the United Nations must respect national laws and policies on the matter, absent external pressure,” Ambassador Craft added.

Craft instructed the Secretary General to share the declaration with member states more broadly and to include it on official record of the General Assembly,” inviting all Member States to sign the declaration.”

While the declaration is not binding, the fact that it is now on the record of the General Assembly has legal significance. It officially documents the pro-life posture of the 34 countries who co-signed the declaration. This may influence how UN agencies implement UN policies reflected in the Declaration, including on issues such as maternal health and women’s policies.

The declaration states that “sexual and reproductive health,” a term often used by UN agencies as synonimous with abortion, “must always promote optimal health, the highest attainable standard of health, without including abortion.”

This statement of itself may not prevent future abuses by UN agencies who are likely to continue to promote abortion. But the declaration could help inhibit pro-abortion advocacy from the UN system as well as encourage UN member states who signed the declaration to hold the UN system accountable.

The Geneva Consensus Declaration was signed by 32 countries on October 22, 2020. It reaffirms long-established norms of international law on the family, the protection of life, and protection of motherhood.

The declaration reaffirms the “inherent dignity and worth of the human person” and that “every human being has the inherent right to life,” citing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also reaffirms that the “the child… needs special safeguards and care… before as well as after birth,” citing the 1959 Declaration on the Rights of the Child.

The declaration even reaffirms that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” This is a prhase in several international human rights treaties, following the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

These norms have become contentious at UN headquarters because of radical forms of feminism and gender ideology. They were vehemently opposed in UN negotiations by the Obama administration.

A Biden administration is expected to continue to oppose such statements, as the Obama administration did. Abortion groups are calling on Biden to withdraw from the declaration. But it is unclear what legal options he might have other than making more statements that run counter to U.S. obligations under international law.

LifeNews.com Note: Stefano Gennarini, J.D. writes for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. This article originally appeared in the pro-life group’s Friday Fax publication and is used with permission and its views may not represent LifeNews.com.



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1 posted on 12/21/2020 6:10:22 PM PST by xomething
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To: xomething

I love Trump!!!


2 posted on 12/21/2020 6:13:01 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: xomething

There shouldn’t even be any “international law on the family, the protection of life, and protection of motherhood.”


3 posted on 12/21/2020 6:13:52 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion, or satire. Or both.)
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To: xomething

AMEN!!!


4 posted on 12/21/2020 6:14:15 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Proud member of the Poor Boy Gang. )
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To: xomething





5 posted on 12/21/2020 6:21:57 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: xomething

That’s why we love him. That’s why they hate him.


6 posted on 12/21/2020 6:23:06 PM PST by cdcdawg (Turn off Fox!! You can do it! )
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To: xomething

Well, Pastor John Piper says Trump is evil and won’t vote for him anyway ...


7 posted on 12/21/2020 6:27:29 PM PST by 11th_VA (Et Tu Fox News ?)
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HUGE DITTO!!!!!!!!!!


8 posted on 12/21/2020 6:29:17 PM PST by pollywog (" O thou who changest not....ABIDE with me")
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To: 11th_VA

Shame on John Piper!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 12/21/2020 6:29:50 PM PST by pollywog (" O thou who changest not....ABIDE with me")
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To: cdcdawg

Agreed.


10 posted on 12/21/2020 6:35:37 PM PST by Glide Plane
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To: xomething

Am I the only one that notices only living people are rabidly pro abortion?


11 posted on 12/21/2020 8:06:58 PM PST by Organic Panic (Flinging poo is not a valid argument)
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To: cdcdawg

“That’s why we love him. That’s why they hate him.”

My exact feelings! I 2nd your post.


12 posted on 12/22/2020 1:12:47 AM PST by Tomato lover (Faith can survive without freedom. But, freedom cannot survive without faith. Come quickly, Jesus)
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I love The Real President, Trump, and thank him for being the greatest leader that the country has had since George Washington.


13 posted on 12/26/2020 12:58:16 AM PST by Arcadian Empire
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To: 11th_VA

Piper is an insipid little beta weasel.


14 posted on 12/26/2020 1:00:41 AM PST by Arcadian Empire
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