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Friday, October 30, 2020

What Does the New Declaration Mean Considering the New Justice Barrett?

             Last week families, communities, and nations became stronger because the United States and 32 other nations signed a document declaring that “there is no international right to abortion” and highlighting the family as a foundation unit in society. The document is called the “Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family.” It was co-sponsored by the United States, Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, and Uganda and was signed virtually.

            According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the document was created and signed to achieve four main pillars: (1) better health for women; (2) the preservation of human life; (3) strengthening of family as the foundational unit of society, and (4) protecting every nation’s national sovereignty in global politics. American conservatives note that the document is opposite to the stance taken by the liberal international community.

            According to Chris Field at The Blaze, the document reaffirms “the inherent ‘dignity and worth of the human person,’ that ‘every human being has the inherent right to life,’ and the commitment ‘to enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth and provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant.’”

            Field wrote that the document continued with “in no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning” and declared that “any measures or changes related to abortion within the health system can only be determined at the national or local level according to the national legislative process.”

            Also according to Field, the document reaffirmed that the “‘the child … needs safeguards and care … before as well as after birth’ and ‘special measures of protection and assistance should be taken on behalf of all children,’ based on the principle of the best interest’ of the child.”

            The co-signers of the document wanted to be clear that they meant to “[r]eaffirm that there is no international right to abortion, nor any international obligation on the part of States to finance or facilitate abortion.”

            In addition, Field wrote that the agreement said “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State” and called the family “foundational to society” and noted that it is a “source of health, support, and care.”

            Secretary of State Michael Pompeo praised President Donald Trump for his leadership in protecting the unborn and the family.

Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States has defended the dignity of human life everywhere and always. He’s done it like no other president in history. We’ve also mounted an unprecedented defense of the unborn abroad.

In front of world leaders at the 2019 United Nations General Assembly, President Trump said, “We in America believe that every child – born and unborn – is a sacred gift from God.” […]

Today, we’re taking the next step, as we sign the Geneva Consensus Declaration. At its very core, the declaration protects women’s health, defends the unborn, and reiterates the vital importance of the family as the foundation of society.

            More than 1.6 billion people are represented by the 33 countries listed as signing the declaration: Bahrain, Belarus, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eswatini, The Gambia, Georgia, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Nauru, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, and Zambia.

            As I typed the above list of nations, I was struck by who they are as well as by the nations that are not on the list. I know no more about this agreement than is in article by The Blaze, and I have many questions. We know that the co-sponsors are United States, Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, and Uganda, but we do not know why other nations were not included. I am struck by the fact that most of the nations listed are in Africa and the Middle East, and many of them are lesser known countries. Does this mean anything?

            I am anxious to know how the liberals will respond to the news of this declaration, particularly when we consider their reaction to the confirmation of Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. I am positive that they will not go quietly into the night! Will this new document have any effect on the presidential election? Will the Supreme Court take a new look at Roe v. Wade? The next few days and weeks should be interesting! Vote Red all the way!

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