US sides with Iran on international abortion laws at UN meeting in NYC

Category:  Opinions
Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 11:16 AM

A recent U.N. meeting in New York City has put an international spotlight on abortion. The U.S., along with almost 20 other nations, including Iraq and Brazil, have come together to oppose access to international abortions.

An International law (also known as public international law and/or law of nations) is a global understanding and agreement on certain issues. This agreement establishes rules and norms for the world to live by.

U.S. President Donald Trump and the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar spoke out against the promotion of international abortion, claiming each nation has its own sovereign right to choose whether abortion should be legal or not.

“There is no international right to an abortion, and these terms should not be used to promote pro-abortion policies and measures,” said Azar.

Why is this such a big issue? What if the U.N. passes a law that holds countries accountable for abortions? Would this be a bad thing?

In 2001, a 17-year-old girl who has been identified as K.L., was 14 weeks pregnant and requested an abortion in Peru. The fetus was diagnosed with anencephaly. Anencephaly is a birth defect that impairs the development of the brain and skull. Most babies born with this birth defect die within days. K.L. was forced to have a full-term pregnancy because Peruvian doctors refused to perform an abortion, even though under these circumstances the procedure would have been legal in Peru.

Later, K.L. turned to the U.N. Human Rights Committee for help. The committee believed Peru violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights due to “cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.”

This was the first time the U.N. used its power to enforce abortion rights on to another country.

Whether you are against abortion or not, countries should have the individual right to choose what should be legal or not. If we allowed countries to impose their laws and beliefs on other nations, then what is blocking the U.N. from doing this in regard to other laws we abide by?

I am pro-life. I believe all life is precious and deserves a right to at least have a chance to live. I do stand with our officials who represented us that follow pro-life ideals, but I also believe an international body should not have any say in laws that are already in place within our country.

Many states have abortion laws making it legal if within a certain time period. Each country has its sovereign right to create its own laws for or against abortion. We, the people of this country, and we alone, should decide whether abortion should be legal or not in the U.S.

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