By Scott Fischbach, Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach (MCCL GO)
A letter sent today to the UN Secretary-General by the U.S. Agency for International Development Acting Administrator John Barsa urges the United Nations to focus on saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic rather than promoting the taking of life through abortion.
“[T]he UN should not use this crisis as an opportunity to advance access to abortion as an ‘essential service,’” the letter says to António Guterres. “Unfortunately, the Global HRP [the UN’s humanitarian response plan] does just this, by cynically placing the provision of ‘sexual and reproductive health services’ on the same level of importance as food-insecurity, essential health care, malnutrition, shelter, and sanitation. Most egregious is that the Global HRP calls for the widespread distribution of abortion-inducing drugs and abortion supplies, and for the promotion of abortion in local country settings.”
The letter emphasizes that “the United States stands with nations that have pledged to protect the unborn.” It also notes that President Trump has told the UN that it has “no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life.”
We commend Acting Administrator Barsa, USAID, and the Trump administration for this strong pro-life position in support of innocent and vulnerable human lives at a time when protecting them is as important as ever.