Together with a coalition of nearly 200 pro-life organizations and groups in many countries, PRO VITA Bucharest signed a letter to US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, following the exclusion of abortion from the State Department’s annual human rights report. The signatories congratulated Mr. Tillerson for his support for a „correct understanding of international humanitarian law” in the report.
March 1st, 2018
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Tillerson,
We are writing to you as human rights, health, and development organizations to congratulate you for supporting a proper understanding of international human rights in the forthcoming State Department’s annual Human Rights Report. By rejecting attempts to include abortion and other contentious issues, which are not universally agreed upon human rights, you are returning the United States to its leadership role in promoting the right to life and protecting the family.
We welcomed the news from spokeswoman Heather Nauert that the State Department will no longer attempt to dilute the seriousness of human rights and “will sharpen the focus of the report on abuses of internationally recognized human rights and the most egregious issues.”
Internationally agreed upon human rights treaties do not mention abortion, much less do they contain any right to abortion. On the contrary, nations have repeatedly rejected any right to abortion in open debate at the United Nations. They will do so again at the Commission on the Status of Women in just a few weeks. Nonetheless, UN committees and staff have attempted to reinterpret internationally agreed upon documents as including a right to abortion, and they have pressured countries to change their laws accordingly. UN human rights treaty monitoring bodies have pressured countries 479 times to liberalize their laws based upon their own personal views of the treaties. This is a dangerous trend and the State Department’s human rights report will send a strong signal to human rights experts that the United States will adhere to a proper understanding of international law going forward.
As organizations committed to human rights and protection of the weakest, most vulnerable members of society, we work against all violations of human rights and outrages on personal dignity no matter what the sex, religion, race, or nationality of the victim. These rights are indivisible and universal.
Eighty years ago, nations agreed that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” They agreed that “men and women…have the right to marry and found a family”. Today these rights are threatened. Those who seek to erase their very existence from UN documents do so based on the misunderstanding that these rights somehow offend people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. This is simply false. Furthermore, strong and healthy families are the safest place for all children, especially girls. When a girl is raised within a loving home with her parents, her chances of achieving higher education, health, employment, and security are improved significantly.
By publishing this report without inserting politically motivated and contentious social issues, you will ensure the credibility of this important human rights tool—that so many of our colleagues around the world use to hold governments to account.
Your leadership is deeply appreciated on this vital matter.
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