The anti-abortion declaration was signed by the United States on Thursday, October 22, along with 30 illiberal and authoritarian governments. The “Geneva Consensus Declaration” calls on states to promote women’s rights without access to abortion, and is part of a Trump administration campaign led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to change US foreign policy into a conservative one. the risk of ousting Western allies, journalists write Digi 24.
The document was signed by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who hosted an online ceremony. Pompeo described the statement as a historic moment in the movement to ban abortion, saying the initiator of the movement is President Donald Trump himself. “Under the leadership of Donald Trump, the United States has defended the dignity of human life. He did it better than any other president in history, “Pompeo said.
In its content, the declaration shows that there is no international right to abortion, nor the obligation of states to finance and facilitate access to abortion. The document uses a “pro-family” language, supporting the role of the family as a foundation of society, a concept so far associated with anti-gay rights movements.
“In 2019, about 25 countries have signed one or more joint statements on the subject. We want more countries to join the declaration in 2020 so that our common multilateral priorities can be realized, ”reads a State Department memorandum circulating among governments supporting the ban on abortion.
In the Georgetown University index, most countries that have signed the anti-abortion declaration are listed as the worst for women’s lives. Among European countries, Belarus, Hungary and Poland, whose constitutional court banned abortion on Tuesday, have joined the document in a controversial decision.
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