Trump Officials Stand Firm on Pro-Life Issues

In a marked departure from the Obama years, U.S. rejects U.N. Council's support of abortion as a family-planning method

by Leah Jessen | Updated 30 Jun 2017 at 11:37 AM

In a further demonstration of its commitment to protecting the value of life, the Trump administration this week articulated its opposition to abortion around the globe.

“We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance,” said Jason Mack, the U.S. First Secretary to the U.N. in Geneva, in statement read to the United Nations Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

The comment from the United States was a rejection on Thursday of the sanctioning of abortion: A United Nations Human Rights Council measure proposed that all women have access to safe abortions in places where the procedure is legal.

"The Council said women and girls are at higher risk of sexual violence in wars and post-conflict situations and require access to health care, psychosocial support, and legal aid," Reuters reported.

The Council adopted the proposal, yet the United States rejected a paragraph in the resolution that supports abortion access.

"What a difference a year makes," journalist Patrick Goodenough wrote on CNSnews.com. "Last summer, the Obama administration not only supported a text at the U.N. Human Rights Council that included a call for access to 'safe abortion where such services are permitted by national law' but also co-sponsored it, despite not then being a member of the Geneva-based body."

In his first few months in office, President Donald Trump has already very publicly supported pro-life causes.

In one of the very first acts in office, President Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy banning public funding of abortion providers abroad, and last month our president expanded that policy to cover nearly $9 billion in American foreign aid," Vice President Mike Pence on June 10 told a Faith and Freedom Coalition gathering in Washington, D.C.

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"He signed also into law legislation that will empower states to withhold federal funding from abortion providers, and I'm humbled to say that at the president's direction, I had the opportunity to cast the tie-breaking vote in the United States Senate," Pence added. "And when President Donald Trump signs the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, we will defund Planned Parenthood once and for all."

Related: Trump's Pro-Life Victories in His First 100 Days

Conservatives have tried to funnel taxpayer dollars away from the support of abortion services.

"I couldn't be more proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life," Pence said.

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