Trump Administration Asks to Remove Abortion from UN COVID-19 Plan
The Trump administration has mad COVID-19 an abortion debate. Share this article to hold them accountable!
CNN Reports: US asks for abortion references to be removed from UN pandemic response plan
The Trump administration has asked the United Nations to remove any references to reproductive health in the plan to respond to COVID-19 to "avoid creating controversy."
"The United States stands with nations that have pledged to protect the unborn," acting Administrator of USAID John Barsa wrote in a letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres on Monday. "To achieve global unity toward this goal, it is essential that the UN's response to the pandemic avoid creating controversy. Therefore, I ask that you remove references to 'sexual and reproductive health,' and its derivatives from the Global HRP, and drop the provision of abortion as an essential component of the UN's priorities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic."
Barsa said that the UN "should not use this crisis as an opportunity to advance access to abortion as an 'essential service.'" The Trump administration has continuously tried to prevent the use of US money towards reproductive health, despite the fact that the UN believes reproductive health is central to the agency's mission statement. Global experts agree that now is not the time to start an abortion debate. The Trump administration's efforts to remove abortion references isn't the first.
The "Mexico City Policy" -- which has been implemented on and off since 1985 -- conditions US funding for global family planning on a commitment from NGOs that they won't promote or perform abortions using funds from any source.
The Trump administration has expanded the rule to apply not just to funding for family planning, but all global health assistance, including funding for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, nutrition and other programs.
Women around the world need access to reproductive health now, more than ever.
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