Pro-Life Women Can’t Let UN Commission Distort Women’s Rights

The
annual two-week meeting of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women was
supposed to kick off this week, flooding Turtle Bay in Manhattan with feminists
and advocates of every stripe.

The
event draws delegates from around the world and thousands of representatives
from nongovernmental organizations to New York each March to discuss issues
that affect women and girls.

The
threat of COVID-19, however, and the recommendation of the U.N. secretary-general
caused the commission to meet for a scaled-down, one-day meeting Monday instead,
disappointing many.

This year’s commission meeting was set to mark the 25th anniversary of the landmark 4th World Conference on Women and resulting Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, held in Beijing in 1995. Certainly no one was more disappointed by the change of plans than the radical feminists and abortion advocates who were eager to seize the opportunity of this year’s meeting to further their efforts to make so-called “safe abortion” universally acceptable and to entrench the controversial notions of “sexual and reproductive health and rights” and “comprehensive sexuality education” into the ever-growing panoply of progressive human rights.

But the Commission on the Status of Women was by no means the only thing on their agenda this year. U.N. Women has launched a campaign called “Generation Equality” to guide its actions through this anniversary year and is organizing Generation Equality forums this summer in Mexico City and Paris ahead of the high-level meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in September, which likely will pass a resolution to mark Beijing+25.

These Generation Equality events appear to be following the model of the highly controversial Nairobi Summit, which the United Nations Population Fund held in Nairobi, Kenya, last year, circumventing the U.N.’s legitimate review conference process, which includes member-state negotiations and consensus building.

The
Nairobi Summit demonstrated the deep pockets
and far-reaching goals of the dangerous alliance between the abortion industry
and the international development complex that conditions foreign aid and
development assistance on population control and abortion policies, raising pledges
of more than $9 billion.

Generation
Equality lists “bodily autonomy” and “sexual and reproductive health and
rights” among its demands, and further perpetuates the dangerous and insulting
notions that women’s equality requires abortion rights and that women’s diverse
needs can be reduced to sexual and reproductive issues.

Pro-life women can’t let radical feminists dominate the agenda for
women’s equality.

Certainly,
gender inequality still exists throughout the world. But to achieve greater
equality for women and girls, we must be guided by a proper understanding of
both “gender” and “equality.”

Progressives
at home and abroad, and even within U.N. Women, the organization within the U.N.
system ostensibly devoted to women and girls, now routinely endeavor to
redefine gender to include “gender identity” and countless new gender categories.
But gender has historically referred to male and female, and must continue to
do so, primarily to protect women and girls.

Equality
between the sexes must take into account the reality that men and
women are different. Gender equality must mean that we are equal in dignity, equal
in opportunity, and equal before the law, and not that we are the same.

For the good of women and girls worldwide, we should not pursue a goal of gender equality that would seek to erase the differences between men and women.

Yes, as Hillary Clinton famously said, “women’s rights are human rights,” because women, of course, are fully human. But women’s rights should never be defined to include abortion, because there is no right to kill an innocent human life, and abortion is a violation of the dignity of both mother and baby.

Pro-life advocates from around the world made sure to avoid that
mistake 25 years ago, when world leaders convened in Cairo for the
International Conference on Population and Development, and then in Beijing, to
negotiate and adopt the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

As there was in 1995, there is still much upon which we should all be able to agree: Women and girls around the world still need improved access to education, justice, and legal rights. They need sound medical care, good nutrition, and clean water. Many still suffer violence, coercion, and discrimination.

Furthermore, more than 100 million girls have been killed in the
womb as victims of sex-selective abortion. It’s hard to imagine a greater
threat to girls worldwide.

The
U.S. must continue to act as a leader internationally to improve the lives of
women and girls, and simultaneously to protect and defend the unborn.

The
Women’s Global Development and Prosperity
Initiative

and the U.S. Strategy on
Women, Peace, and Security
are two recent examples of measures the U.S. has taken
that are targeted specifically at addressing women’s needs.

The
U.S. is the largest donor of bilateral
reproductive health and family-planning assistance, while taking increasingly
strong measures to ensure that U.S. funding does not go to entities that
promote or perform abortions, thanks to the Trump administration’s Protecting
Life in Global Health Assistance
policy and the long-standing Helms
Amendment
.

In international forums, the Trump administration has boldly and consistently insisted that there is no international right to abortion and is leading a coalition of countries to join in opposition to U.N. entities that have been stealthily trying to create one.

Now
is the time for President Donald Trump to create a pro-life ambassador-at-large position within the
State Department to spearhead such efforts and to work in cooperation with the ambassador at large
for global women’s issues
, showing the world that the U.S. is proudly pro-life
and pro-woman.

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