Under the Trump administration, the United States has just signed on to a document with 31 other nations declaring opposition to abortion and support for the lives of all humans, including the unborn, around the globe.
The fundamental premise of the multi-national agreement is that “there is no international right to abortion,” and, furthermore, there is no “international obligation” for any nation to provide financial support for or in any other way facilitate abortions in other nations.
Trump was represented by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar in the virtual signing ceremony on Thursday.
“All are equal before the law”
The agreement, known as the Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family, has been joined by 32 nations so far, including the six regional co-sponsors: Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Uganda, and the United States. Read it here.
“The Geneva Consensus Declaration is an historic document stating clearly where we as nations stand on women’s health, the family, honoring life, and defending national sovereignty,” Sec. Azar explained at the virtual ceremony. “The declaration is much more than a statement of beliefs; it is a critical and useful tool to defend these principles across all United Nations bodies and at every multilateral setting using language previously agreed to by member-states of those bodies.”
The agreement was spawned during sideline discussions at the United Nations and was in direct response to the “increasing frequency” by which various U.N. agencies and certain wealthy nations were pressuring other sovereign nations to adopt progressive abortion laws or risk losing financial assistance, Azar revealed.
“Today we put down a clear marker,” Azar said. “No longer can UN agencies reinterpret and misinterpret agreed-upon language without accountability. Member-states set the policy for the UN to pursue, not the other way around.”
“Without apology, we affirm that governments have the sovereign right to make their own laws to protect innocent life and write their regulations on abortion. The stakes are too high to permit radical, divisive agendas to hinder the ability of women in countries at all stages of development to attain better health,” he added.
Every life has “inherent dignity and worth”
“Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States has defended the dignity of human life everywhere and always,” Pompeo said. “He has done it like no other president in history. We’ve mounted an unprecedented defense of the unborn abroad.”
Of the declaration itself, Pompeo said, “At its very core, the declaration protects women’s health, defends the unborn, and reiterates the vital importance of the family as the foundation of society.”
The secretary reiterated the fundamental beliefs that “there is no international right to an abortion,” that “every country has its own sovereign right to determine its own laws with respect to abortion,” and that “‘the inherent dignity and worth’ of every human being” — including the unborn — must be recognized and respected by all.