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Post-Election: Pro-Abortion Organizations Celebrating and Demanding

by | Jan 4, 2021

By Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared here.

[A]bortion activists are busy celebrating what they believe will be a Biden-Harris administration that is completely committed to advancing abortion on demand domestically and globally as a so-called reproductive right and as a component of essential health care. They envision US funding for abortion domestically and internationally; increased access to abortion-inducing drugs; and reversal of the Trump administration’s strong pro-life stand at the United Nations. These of just a few of the actions in the pro-abortion NGO roadmap for the first days of a Biden administration— Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. 

President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy, previously known as the Mexico City Policy, is the #1 pro-abortion target internationally. Pro-abortion activists seek US funding to international organizations working in health and family planning that perform or promote abortion. IPPF, one of the global abortion industry giants, was one of the organizations denied US funds under this policy.

IPPF states that it “calls on President-elect Biden to keep to his word of signing an executive order on his first day in office to repeal the harmful Global Gag Rule aka the Mexico City Policy. Further to this, we are counting on the Biden administration to push for a permanent repeal to this policy…”.

The Center for Reproductive Rights also wants quick action to overturn President Trump’s pro-life policies which it considers to be “harmful”. It stated, 

“After inauguration on January 20, President Biden and his administration must move quickly to reverse the harmful policies of the Trump administration.” 

The first Executive Order it wants to see enacted is to “rescind the Global Gag Rule and the Domestic Gag Rule” [Hyde Amendment] and it hopes to see funding restored to two international entities that support abortion— the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Another U.S.-based organization working to advance abortion globally, Ipas, also anticipates the overturning of President Trump’s international pro-life policies. Its election statement—US Election Outcome Offers Hope for Justice—seeks the elimination of unborn children in the womb and states, 

“With the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Ipas—along   with our partners around the world—looks to a brighter future…Our commitment to our mission—to ensure that access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly abortion and contraception, is improved around the world—is stronger than ever…We are confident that the new U.S. leadership supports the belief that everyone should be able to make their own decisions about their health and their future—without harmful restrictions mandated by U.S. foreign policies, like the Global Gag Rule or the Helms Amendment…And, we will work to reshape the U.S. role in the world by advocating for the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act that will repeal the Helms Amendment, and usher in a new era of health rights for women around the world…”

Guttmacher issued a detailed list of policies it wants a Biden-Harris administration to overturn in the statement Reviving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Biden-Harris Era which focuses on domestic policies but also seeks the overturning of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy. It calls on the Biden administration to “rejoin and restore funding to WHO, restore funding to UNFPA, and champion sexual and reproductive health and rights on the global stage.”

Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s statement—Finally! Seven Reasons to Celebrate the Biden-Harris Win—details domestic policies it wants to see overturned and includes:

“We also expect the Biden White House to reverse the global gag rule, which bans overseas groups from getting U.S. funding if they provide or even mention abortion.” 

Three pro-abortion Non-Governmental Agencies [NGOs]—Ipas, CHANGE, and Global Justice—had a virtual discussion on December 10 entitled: “A Feminist Vision for #SRHR & Justice in the Biden Administration” where the conversation centered on “setting a progressive, feminist agenda for SRHR in US foreign policy, and the need to go beyond just undoing the Trump admin’s harm.”

The UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health, Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng@drtlaleng  not only tweeted a call for Congress to overturn the pro-life policy but called for passage of the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights Act (Global HER Act) to permanently bar any future administrative actions from preventing U.S. funds to international organizations that perform or promote abortion:

We are calling on Congress to #EndGlobalGag and pass the #GlobalHERAct! 

The U.N.’s top health expert also tweeted her hopes to celebrate passage of the HER Act in Washington:    

I can’t wait to be back and that day, we will surely be dancing   on The Hill because HER act will be passed.                       

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