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The U.N. has removed the euphemisms of the abortion industry from a resolution concerning rape in war zones after the Trump administration threatened a veto.
Trump administration officials threatened to veto the resolution, an initiative of the German government, that sought to address the problem of rape in war zones, unless the phrase “sexual and reproductive health” – a commonly-used euphemism that refers to abortion – was removed from the document’s language.
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According to Foreign Policy, an internal State Department cable, sent by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s office to the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and U.S. Mission to the U.N., instructed U.S. diplomats to inform the German government of the U.S.’s intention to veto the resolution if the references to abortion were not removed.
LifeSiteNews also reported:
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America remains “strongly committed to preventing conflict-related sexual violence and holding responsible persons accountable” and agrees “more needs to be done to deter the recurrence of such crimes and assist survivors,” the cable said, but “cannot accept unamended explicit, or implicit, references to ‘sexual and reproductive health’” because “we do not support or promote abortion.”
Pramila Patten, the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict, complained Monday about the U.S. threat to veto the resolution.
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“We are not even sure whether we are having the resolution tomorrow, because of the threats of a veto from the U.S.,” she told the Guardian.
The resolution finally passed on Tuesday, though Germany, the U.K., France, and Belgium all expressed “regret” about the omission of the abortion language.
The Guardian reported:
In recent months, the Trump administration has taken a hard line, refusing to agree to any UN documents that refer to sexual or reproductive health, on grounds that such language implies support for abortions. It has also opposed the use of the word “gender”, seeing it as a cover for liberal promotion of...
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