September 23, 2020

UN Passes COVID-19 Resolution Promoting Abortion Despite US Objections

Despite the protests by the US and several other countries, the UN passed a COVID-19 resolution which includes provisions promoting abortion.

US diplomat Jason Mack said, “We do not accept references to sexual and reproductive health.” The vague phrase is used in UN legislation to include abortion alongside actual medical care. “There is no international right to abortion, nor is there any duty on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion.”

The US attempted to bring the section on "reproductive health" to a vote while the resolution was being formed, but the vote to change it failed by a wide margin. Only three countries sided with the US, while 122 countries voted for the pro-abortion wording. Only the US and Israel voted against the final resolution.

Several of those countries agreed with the US but wanted to ensure the resolution passed anyway. They presumably believed the potential benefits of the resolution outweigh the death toll that comes with increased abortion.

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