The Trump administration has appealed to dozens of ultra-conservative nations ahead of a United Nations summit on healthcare to help the United States undermine women’s sexual health and reproductive rights across the globe.
Foreign Policy reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar penned a letter to the conservative governments of 72 countries urging them to “push back on harmful efforts” to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The administration has characterized such promotion as “anti-family” and “pro-abortion.”
“We remain gravely concerned that aggressive efforts to reinterpret international instruments to create a new international right to abortion and to promote international policies that weaken the family have advanced through some United Nations fora,” a draft copy of the statement reads.
HHS spokesperson Katherine McKeogh said the letter requests that the countries “collaborate” with the U.S. for “a joint statement supporting health for all people, born and unborn.”
In a similar move last May, the U.S. joined with Brazil, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and several other nations in denouncing sexual and reproductive rights at a World Health Organization conference.
Foreign Policy also noted that this current attempt “comes just after U.S. negotiators failed to secure the elimination of language promoting sexual and reproductive health rights from a declaration by world leaders at a U.N. summit Monday on universal health care.”