US, Saudi Arabia Join Forces, Declare Women Have No Intrinsic Right To Abortion
According to The Independent, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia, along with 31 other illiberal nations, joined forces to declare that women do not have an intrinsic right abortion in a declaration signed during a virtual meeting of countries in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
The Geneva Consensus Declaration, which received no support from America’s liberal allies, calls on states to protect the health and “inalienable rights” of women, but appears largely aimed at curbing global abortion rights and promoting heterosexual family units.
It was co-sponsored by Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Uganda and the US, and was also signed by a host of autocratic countries including Saudi Arabia, Belarus and the United Arab Emirates.
The declaration states that “In no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning,” and goes on to say: “There is no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation on the part of states to finance or facilitate abortion.”
Ten of the 20 worst countries in the world to be a woman - according to the Women, Peace and Security Index by Georgetown University - joined the declaration, while none of the top 20, with the exception of the US, were signatories to it.
The declaration is part of a Trump administration attempt, led by the evangelical Christian secretary of state Mike Pompeo, to establish a more socially conservative foreign policy agenda.