Trump administration blasts UN abortion promotion with COVID-19 aid funds
The Trump administration is blasting the United Nations for promoting abortion during the pandemic, particularly their efforts to push countries to legalise the practice using coronavirus aid funds. In a Monday letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, U.S. Agency for International Development Acting Administrator John Barsa criticised the U.N., writing, “The U.N. should not intimidate or coerce Member States that are committed to the right to life.”
“To use the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification to pressure governments to change their laws [on abortion] is an affront to the autonomy of each society to determine its own national policies on health care. The United States stands with nations that have pledged to protect the unborn.”
Barsa told the U.N. to stop promoting abortion as part of its work fighting the disease and noted how the United States had given the organisation $3.5 billion.
The USAID administrator also told the U.N. to strike “sexual and reproductive health services” as part of their humanitarian response plan for the virus and observed how the effort placed abortions on par with food uncertainty, medical care, sanitation, shelter, and malnutrition.
“The U.N. should not use this crisis as an opportunity to advance access to abortion as an ‘essential service (…) Most egregious is that the Global HRP calls for the widespread distribution of abortion-inducing drugs and abortion supplies, and for the promotion of abortion in local country settings,” he added.
“Abortion is the direct, violent, and intentional killing of an innocent person. Therefore, we applaud the leadership of the USAID in this matter,” the outlet said in a statement emailed to The Christian Post.
Catholic News Agency reported on Sunday that pro-life groups in Ecuador — where abortion is illegal in most cases — are asking their president to “not accept ideological interference by the U.N.”
The citizen petition argues that “in the face of the COVID-19 drama, the United Nations has offered to send humanitarian aid to Ecuador, but the aid is not free, since in various sections of the document it is explained that said aid is conditional on Ecuador legalising abortion.”
Heightened conflict over abortion has emerged both overseas and domestically as some conservative U.S. states declared abortion clinics “non-essential” services and ordered them to be shut down amid the pandemic. In contrast, other states have allowed them to remain open.