June 23, 2017
America is under new management all right -- and the Trump administration isn't just making that clear at home. The United Nations got one of its first tastes of the change in U.S. policy during a debate over a Canadian resolution in Geneva earlier this week. As part of a push to eliminate violence against women, the U.N. tried to slip in language about the importance of access to "health care" (read: abortion). Women should have the benefit of "'comprehensive sexual and health-care services' including modern contraception, prevention programs for adolescent pregnancy, and 'safe abortion where such services are permitted by national law.'"
Obviously, the American delegation is opposed to violence against anyone, including women. But, as Jason Mack, the U.S. First Secretary to the U.N., told the body, "We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance." That said, Mack went on, America "strongly supports the spirit of this resolution and joins other members of this Council in condemning all acts of violence against women and girls."
Pro-lifers cheered the move, which comes on the heels of other major changes on the world stage. Just last month, the Trump administration announced that it wasn't just reinstating the Mexico City policy but redirecting billions of dollars of global aid to groups that don't perform or promote abortion. Our hats go off to the White House for exceeding everyone's expectations on the issue -- and protecting millions of innocent children in the process!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.