U.S. Rebukes World Health Organization for its Abortion Activism

Jun 15, 2018 by

By Susan Yoshihara, C-Fam:

The United States put the World Health Organization (WHO) on notice this week that it should stop its abortion activism. In two pointed statements, the U.S. delegation said that the bureaucracy at WHO must respect international consensus reached on sexual and reproductive health, and that abortion is not a human right.

Led by Kevin Moley, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, the U.S. announced an about-face on its stance toward a little-known but highly influential research arm of WHO’s reproductive health department, called the Program on Human Reproduction. The U.S. delegation expressed “deep concern” about the program’s activities and said the U.S. is “re-evaluating” its support. In 2004, the Program on Human Reproduction published a Global Reproductive Health Strategy calling for legal abortion.

The U.S. also complained that the Program for Human Reproduction gives “elevated status” to one non-governmental organization, understood as a reference to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, “to operate on an equal footing with governments and international organizations seemingly to the exclusion of other viewpoints.”

The U.S. also rebuked the WHO for its understanding that sexual and reproductive health includes abortion, a position that is at odds with the international consensus. Late on Thursday night, Dr. Alma Golden, representing the U.S. Agency for International Development, among the top funders of development in the world, told the assembly, “We have stated clearly, and on many occasions, consistent with the International Conference on Population [and Development] Program of Action, that we do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance. The term sexual and reproductive health does not include the promotion of abortion nor do we recognize an international right to abortion.”

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