|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2019
|CONTACT: Mallory Quigley
Pompeo, Azar Invite World Leaders to Stand with the U.S. Against the Imposition of Abortion on Demand
Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar for their recent letter inviting world leaders to join the U.S. in standing against efforts within the United Nations to create an international right to abortion on demand.
The letter follows a joint statement at the 2019 World Health Assembly, delivered by the U.S. and eight other countries (Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia), condemning the interpretation of ambiguous terms such as “sexual and reproductive health and rights” to impose a pro-abortion agenda. Yesterday Secretary Azar in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly reiterated the Trump administration’s commitment to life-affirming health care for all people.
“The Trump administration’s strong pro-life leadership on the world stage is no secret,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “From day one, President Trump has worked to restore respect for life as a foundational American value not only in our domestic policies, but in our international relations as well. Secretaries Pompeo and Azar have played key roles in advancing the President’s pro-life agenda and deserve credit for their efforts.”
Bradley Mattes, president of Life Issues Institute, previously commented:
“This unprecedented letter from two high-ranking United States Cabinet members is welcome news to the international pro-life community. Abortion advocates are trying to do an end run around official United Nations agreements by insisting on using ambiguous terms like ‘sexual and reproductive health’ and ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ – code phrases for imposing abortion on demand on countries where unborn babies are protected by law. The Trump administration is reaching out to governments worldwide, asking for their support at the U.N. to stand up to pro-abortion government entities including the European Union and keep pro-abortion language out of documents. We thank Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Azar, and especially President Trump for their extraordinary leadership and commitment to promoting a culture of life around the globe.”
SBA List is a network of more than 837,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders. The SBA List family of organizations includes Susan B. Anthony List, Charlotte Lozier Institute, Women Speak Out PAC, SBA List Candidate Fund, the National Pro-life Women’s Caucus, and Life Issues Institute.