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Beijing Anniversary Highlights Need for International Efforts to Defend Life

Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995, and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.  Abortion advocates attending the Conference fought rigorously to establish a “right to abortion” on demand, but were defeated when governments declared that no “right to abortion” was to be established at Beijing.  Since then, abortion supporters have worked with increased vigor to expand access to abortion and to infiltrate “abortion rights” language into international legal documents.

In March of this year, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place at the United Nations (UN) in New York.  There, countries’ delegates and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) gathered to consider what progress had been made in the fifteen years since Beijing.  The CSW particularly focused on how to effectively prevent maternal mortality.  Pro-abortion groups invaded the UN to convince delegates that legalizing and expanding access to abortion is the key to improving women’s health and ending maternal mortality.

Greater access to abortion, however, fails to address the problem of maternal mortality.  In fact, countries with the greatest restrictions on abortion have the lowest maternal mortality rates.

Nevertheless, abortion advocates refuse to admit what the statistics show: abortion, regardless of its legality, irreversibly impacts a woman’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.  They ignore the fact that broader access to abortion leads to higher maternal mortality rates and greater health risks to women.  Improving women’s access to life-affirming healthcare options and sanitary environments, as well as providing better support structures and greater assistance to young and single mothers, is the most effective means to reduce maternal deaths and promote women’s health and well-being.

This 15th Anniversary of the Beijing Conference and the continued efforts of pro-abortion advocates to establish an international “right to abortion” underscores the importance of AUL’s work to defend life internationally.  The global agenda of the abortion lobby is currently backed by the most pro-abortion Administration in U.S. history.  AUL is dedicated to preventing its agenda to force the countries of the world to accept abortion from taking effect.

Particularly alarming was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s pledge earlier this year that U.S. funds will be used to promote “reproductive health care and family planning” as a “basic right.”  According to Clinton, this includes access to abortion.  AUL opposes Clinton’s efforts to establish a “global right to abortion,” and AUL’s legal team is working to ensure Americans’ tax dollars do not go towards abortion and liberalizing abortion laws in other countries.

On this anniversary of Beijing, AUL’s international legal efforts are more important than ever in the fight to counter the pro-abortion agenda at the international level with the truth that abortion can not protect the woman and her physical and emotional well-being.