National Right to Life Commends Trump Administration for USAID Letter Urging the UN Not to Use COVID-19 to Advance Access to Abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Yesterday, USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres urging the UN to focus on “life-saving interventions” instead of working to “advance access to abortion.”

“We thank the Trump Administration and USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa for their diligence in protecting life,” stated Carol Tobias. “It is ironic that in a time when the world should be focused on trying to save lives in a pandemic, pro-abortion groups and their supporters in the United Nations want to continue taking lives both here and abroad.”

The letter addresses the United Nations Global Humanitarian Response Plan (Global HRP) which is designed to provide aid to areas around the world devastated by COVID-19. Instead the Global HRP “cynically places ‘sexual and reproductive health services’ on the same level as essential healthcare, malnutrition, sanitation, and food insecurity,” Barsa wrote. 

The Global HRP includes the distribution of abortion-inducing drugs and promotion of abortion in countries receiving aid—regardless of whether there are healthcare facilities available to handle patients who may experience severe side effects of the drugs such as hemorrhaging. In addition, the drugs do not work in cases of undetected ectopic pregnancies—placing women in danger who do not have access to immediate emergency care.

The Global HRP would promote abortion in many countries that oppose abortion in their laws.

As Acting Administrator Barsa notes:

Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, the United States has made clear that we will “never tire of defending innocent life.” President Trump said in his address to the 74th UN General Assembly that the UN simply has “no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life.” Indeed, the UN should not intimidate or coerce Member States that are committed to the right to life. To use the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification to pressure governments to change their laws is an affront to the autonomy of each society to determine its own national policies on health care. The United States stands with nations that have pledged to protect the unborn.

“The UN has a track record of advocating for abortion on demand and forcing this on member states that oppose abortion,” said Tobias. “Despite the desperate need for aid to alleviate food shortages or health facilities to help treat COVID-19 patients, the Global HRP’s misplaced priorities put women and their unborn children in greater danger.” 

The text of the letter from USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres can be found here.