WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The United States leads a coalition of 32 nations in making an official statement condemning the idea of abortion as "health care."
The Trump administration on Thursday signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women's Health and Strengthening the Family, making America one of over 30 nations who declare that killing innocent preborn children is not a human right.
A memorandum put out by the United States in 2019, which circulated earlier this year among governments internationally, included the Trump administration's hope for growing this international pro-life coalition.
"In 2019, around 25 countries signed one or more joint statements regarding these issues of mutual concern. We would like many more countries to join this Declaration in 2020 so that our mutual priorities in the multilateral space can succeed," it read.
The coalition has grown and continues to do so. Its goal is to halt the international effort to link abortion with health care and declare abortion to be a human right.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes it is a significant movement whose voice is very valuable to the cause of life world-wide. Touting Donald Trump as the most pro-life president in American history, Pompeo and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar held a virtual-signing ceremony celebrating the achievement.
"Under President Trump's leadership, the United States has defended the dignity of human life everywhere and always," Pompeo contended. "He has done it like no other president in history. We have mounted an unprecedented defense of the unborn abroad."
Gillian Kane, senior policy adviser for Ipas (International Projects Assistance Services), an organization advocating for abortion internationally, disagrees:
The United States has failed at consensus and coalition-building. There are 193 U.N.-member states and they've got 31. This is a terrible showing. None of our like-minded partners are there, and none of the people on the list could care less about women. It's a failure of diplomacy.
After affirming a commitment to equal rights and maximum quality health care for women, the Declaration maintains that the international community should not fund or pressure nations to abort their babies.
We "[r]eaffirm that there is no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion, consistent with the long-standing international consensus that each nation has the sovereign right to implement programs and activities consistent with their laws and policies," the document reads.
Jeff Gunnarson, national president of Campaign Life Coalition of Canada, opined to Church Militant on Thursday on the importance of this Declaration:
I want to tell you about a huge win for the global pro-life movement today ... The United States along with 31 other nations signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration. Essentially, this joint agreement, by a coalition of countries, reaffirms that every human being has the inherent right to life and that the natural family, as the fundamental unit of society, must be protected.
More so, it re-emphasized that there is no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion. As you know, there's a global abortion and anti-life agenda being heavily promoted through the United Nations with billions of dollars in blood money on the table.
The Geneva Declaration, he implies, is a countermovement to this international Culture of Death.
"The Geneva Consensus counters that [culture], showing there are still voices in the world who will fight to defend the unborn," he said. "Whether you like the man or not, no one can deny that Trump and his administration are leading the way."
While Gunnarson rejoices at the movement that seeks to halt the international abortion movement, he bemoans the fact that his own Canadian government, led by the child-killing supporter Justin Trudeau, has not signed on.
"During the Justin-era," he explained, "the Canadian government has spent millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars to promote the killing of unborn children around the world."
After praising U.S. President Trump, there's another man Gunnarson mentions as being a significant instrument in the international pro-life movement today: "It's no coincidence that this momentous pro-life declaration was announced on [Pope] JPII's feast day."