President Donald Trump has made his pro-life position clear.
And his staunch pro-life views are having an impact internationally.
In an unprecedented move, 32 countries from around the world have joined forces to declare there is “no international right to abortion.”
Under the leadership of the Trump administration, the United States and 31 other countries around the world agreed to include the pro-life statement in the Geneva Consensus Declaration.
Co-sponsored by the U.S., Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Hungary and Uganda, the declaration represents 1.6 billion people and every region of the world according to supporters of the document.
“In no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning,” the document says.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that under Trump’s leadership, “the United States has defended the dignity of human life everywhere and always.”
“He’s done it like no other President in history. We’ve also mounted an unprecedented defense of the unborn abroad.”
Pompeo said the Geneva Declaration “protects women’s health, defends the unborn, and reiterates the vital importance of the family as the foundation of society.”
Among the highlights of the document are declarations that any abortion-related changes within a country’s healthcare system can only be determined at the “national or local level” according to the national legislative process.
It declares that babies need special care “before as well as after birth,” and “there is no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation on the part of states to finance or facilitate abortion.”
It also describes the family unit as “the natural and fundamental group unit of society,” that women “play a critical role in the family,” and that every human being “has the inherent right to life.”
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the declaration is “much more than a statement of beliefs.”
“It is a critical and useful tool to defend these principals across all United Nations bodies and at every multilateral setting, using language previously agreed to by member states of those bodies.”
During the virtual signing ceremony, Azar said the Geneva Declaration brings badly-needed attention to a “disturbing trend.”
“With increasing frequency, some rich nations and U.N. agencies beholden to them are wrongly asserting abortion as a universal human right.”
Such efforts, Azar said, pressures countries to institute “progressive abortion laws” or risk losing global funding or standing in the international community.
“Tragically, women around the world unnecessarily suffer health challenges —all too often deadly health challenges — while too many wealthy nations and international institutions put a myopic focus on a radical agenda that is offensive to many cultures and derails agreement of women’s health priorities.”
“Today we put down a clear marker. No longer can U.N. agencies reinterpret and misinterpret agreed-upon language without accountability.”
While Trump has been called one of the most pro-life presidents in U.S. history, the Democratic Joe Biden-Harris campaign has been labeled the “most pro-abortion presidential ticket in history.”
Christians, conservatives and even some Democrat pro-lifers have expressed outrage over Harris’s radical views on abortion, with one publication defining her as “the most radically pro-abortion candidate to run for president or vice president in the history of our country.”
Pro-life advocates both nationally and internationally are praising the Geneva Declaration.
Elyssa Koren of ADF International said the 32 countries affirmed their commitment to “protecting pregnant mothers and their unborn children and unequivocally declaring that there is no human right to abortion.”
“The declaration affirms what we already know from international law — that while there is no human right to an abortion, there is a right to life, and it must be protected.”
The Christian Medical Association, which has more than 20,000 members in the U.S., called the declaration “a noble framework for consensus global engagement on women’s health issues.”
“As an obstetrician, I especially appreciate the Declaration’s dual emphasis on mother and child,” said Dr. Jeffrey Barrows, senior vice president for the CMA.
“The Declaration reaffirms both that ‘motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance, and ‘the inherent dignity and worth of the human person.’”