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New Commission to Promote Abortion “Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals”

by | Sep 24, 2015

Editor’s note. This comes from the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues.

SDG20151The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 has not even begun and two pro-abortion organizations have announced creation of a new commission outside the advance “sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)” beyond the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Appearing in the latest edition of the British medical journal Lancet, in A Lancet Commission on sexual and reproductive health and rights: going beyond the Sustainable Development Goals, Ann Starrs, President and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, expresses her frustration that despite the SDGs being “comprehensive, visionary, and inspiring in many ways” they fall short and “take a narrow view of sexual and reproductive health and rights, one of the most crucial, but also most controversial, parts of the SDG agenda.”

It is her opinion that despite two targets of the SDGs that “explicitly mention sexual and reproductive health”– targets 3.7 and 5.6– the follow-up indicators that will be used to track progress “are likely to cover family planning, adolescent fertility, and perhaps comprehensive sexuality education” but “are not likely to encompass other important elements of sexual and reproductive health and rights, including safe abortion, non-discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and the importance of high-quality, confidential, and timely sexual and reproductive health services”.

Starrs declares, “UN processes alone cannot be relied on to articulate a progressive and evidence-based vision of how to move forward on sexual and reproductive health and rights” and announced a new joint effort with Lancet establishing a Commission “on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the post-2015 world.”

The Commission will begin work in early 2016 with the “aim of developing a wide-ranging and evidence-based agenda for key sexual and reproductive health and rights priorities worldwide over the next 15 years; just as important, it will also make the case for the adoption of policies and programmes to turn that vision into reality.”

PNCI notes that the process to create indicators that will evaluate and measure progress on the 17 SDGs and 169 targets is still underway at the U.N. and will not be finalized until March, 2016. Indicators that include access to abortion have been proposed by U.N. agencies and NGOs. No one is certain of what the final indicators will be.

Categories: United Nations