May 20, 2020

USAID Acting Administrator Urges UN to Stop Using COVID-19 to Advance Abortion Agenda

USAID Administrator John Barsa
On May 18, John Barsa, the acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sent a letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres asking that the UN stop using its power to promote abortion in countries that do not want it.

Here is an excerpt from the letter (click here to read it in full):
"...Therefore, the UN should not use this crisis as an opportunity to advance access to abortion as an 'essential service.' Unfortunately, the Global HRP does just this, by cynically placing the provision of 'sexual and reproductive health services' on the same level of importance as food-insecurity, essential health care, malnutrition, shelter, and sanitation. Most egregious is that the Global HRP calls for the widespread distribution of abortion-inducing drugs and abortion supplies, and for the promotion of abortion in local country settings." 
"Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, the United States has made clear that we will 'never tire of defending innocent life.' President Trump said in his address to the 74th UN General Assembly that the UN simply has 'no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life.' Indeed, the UN should not intimidate or coerce Member States that are committed to the right to life. To use the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification to pressure governments to change their laws is an affront to the autonomy of each society to determine its own national policies on health care. The United States stands with nations that have pledged to protect the unborn."
National Right to Life came out with a statement yesterday applauding Barsa for challenging the UN's pro-abortion COVID-19 relief program. Click here to read more.