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April 2, 2021

Secretary of State: "Sexual and Reproductive Rights are Human Rights"

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that his department will once again judge countries on their support for abortion in its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices reports.

The Trump administration had removed the "reproductive rights" section from its human rights reports starting in 2017. Instead, it included a section with statistics on “coercion in population control.”

Terms such as "sexual and reproductive health" or "reproductive rights" almost always include abortion, especially when used in foreign policy discussions.

Blinken said as much when elaborated on the Biden administration's goals regarding the human rights reports and several other recent pro-abortion foreign policy decisions:
“It is one of many steps – along with revoking the Mexico City Policy, withdrawing from the Geneva Consensus Declaration, resuming support for the United Nations Population Fund – that we are taking to promote women’s health and equity at home and abroad.  Because women’s rights – including sexual and reproductive rights – are human rights.”

The Geneva Consensus Declaration was a statement signed by the U.S. and 31 other countries declaring that there is no international right to abortion.

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