Washington, DC— On March 5th, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro, who is currently running for a second term as the leader of the OAS, spoke at a candidate forum attended by representatives of regional non-governmental organizations.

In his remarks, SG Almagro took a step in the right direction on the subject of the human right to life, stating: “definitely, the principles of religious freedom that I have mentioned and the principles of the right to life are fundamental principles and rights….”

“I am proud and hopeful to see Secretary General Almagro recognizing the fundamental right to life possessed by all,” said Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life. “The OAS is an important institution dedicated to promoting cooperation across the Western Hemisphere, and it is vital that the OAS work to foster a culture of life across member states to promote the values fundamental to a free society. I commend Secretary Almagro and hope to see his life-affirming sentiments enshrined in policy.”

Not only did SG Almagro’s statement recognize the most fundamental of human rights, it is in line with international precedent. The American Convention on Human Rights, adopted in 1969, recognizes a right to life from the moment of conception.

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization that holds the distinction of being the first national pro-life organization in America—incorporated in 1971. It protects and defends human life from conception to natural death through vigorous legislative, judicial, and educational efforts.

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