"Unexpected victory at the UN"
That’s how C-Fam referred to the turn of events at the end of the day that started
with a battle. Over what? The language of ‘abortion rights’ in the
Commission on Population and Development’s document. Which country
forced the ‘tipping point’ moment?
Up until the eleventh hour, the contentious term “sexual
and reproductive health and rights” remained in the draft document.
Just prior to adoption, Iran took the floor to object to the phrase
which has never before been included in any negotiated UN document.
Iran stressed that the term remained problematic for a number of
delegations and urged the Commission to revert back to previously
agreed upon and carefully negotiated language from the 1994
International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Program
of Action, which is understood not to create any right to abortion.
The good people of Iran prevail, finally. As do the defenders of the
United Nations’ ‘duty to protect’, declared in its founding charter as
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