Trump official says US is ‘pro-life country’ at United Nations

Calvin Freiburger

Trump official says US is ‘pro-life country’ at United Nations

NEW YORK, March 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Trump official is making waves at the United Nations for vocally defying the international organization’s conventional wisdom on abortion.

Two unnamed UN diplomats have told the UK Independent that Bethany Kozma, a senior adviser at the US Agency for International Development’s office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, recently declared that the “US is a pro-life country” during a private meeting.

The remark came in the context of finalizing the UN Commission on the Status of Women’s annual report. Kozma reportedly led the American delegation in requesting that all instances of the phrase “modern contraception” be replaced with “family planning,” a broader term that could include abstinence education rather than just birth control drugs and devices.

One unnamed UN diplomat told the Independent that Kozma’s statement was “shocking,” and indicated that the United States under President Donald Trump took a “weaker” stance on so-called “reproductive rights” than even Saudi Arabia (where women cannot have an actual medical procedure of any kind without a male relative’s consent).

Both Kozma and the Trump administration refused to comment on the specific incident, but one American official provided a more generalized response to the Independent.

“While we can’t comment on ongoing diplomatic negotiations, the multi-agency US delegation is representing the administration’s policies and priorities at the CSW,” the official said. “Also, in response to your question related to US support for women’s health, as the world’s largest bilateral donor to global health programmes, the US remains committed to helping women and children thrive, particularly in countries where the need is greatest.”

The Independent report claims Kozma’s declaration of a pro-life America is undermined by the “fact both the law and public opinion support a woman’s right to access legal and safe abortion.” In fact, while Roe v. Wade currently mandates abortion’s legality (which many pro-abortion legal scholars admit is constitutionally groundless), the balance of public opinion polling supports Kozma’s statement. From 1995 through 2017, a combined 54% of Americans or more haveconsistently told Gallup abortion should be legal in “few” or no circumstances.

Newsweek also notes that pro-homosexual organizations such as OutRight Action International have attacked Kozma, a former Bush homeland security official, for past public stands against the transgender movement. OutRight executive director Jessica Stern demands that the administration remove Kozma from the UN delegation for her supposedly “hateful rhetoric.”

At the Daily Signal, Kozma has written several articles criticizing former President Barack Obama’s transgender restroom mandate, praising his successor Donald Trump for reversing it, and detailing her activism on the subject in her community.

“To put it simply, a boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same shower, bathroom, or locker room with my daughter under the president’s transgender policies,” Kozma wrote in July 2016. “When I learned that predators could abuse these new policies to hurt children in school lockers, shelters, pool showers, or other vulnerable public places like remote bathrooms in national parks, I realized I had to do something.”

She has testified before school boards on multiple occasions, includingtelling the Loudon County Schools board in January 2017 that allowing males into girls’ bathrooms “tells young girls who are students that you don’t care how they feel and you will be discriminating against your own students, potentially opening them up to sexual harassment,” assault, or rape.

“Trump’s decisiveness on this issue shows that he cares more about people than political correctness,” Kozma wrote in July 2017, “that all our children deserve a safe and respectful learning environment, not just a very small minority, and that privacy and free speech are rights that American parents hold dear.”

RELATED: Trump appoints anti-transgender activist, stay-at-home mom as key advisor

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3 comments on “Trump official says US is ‘pro-life country’ at United Nations

  1. If “Trump official says US is ‘pro-life country’ at United Nations,” why did…]
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    [Republican-controlled] U.S. House passes $1.3 trillion omnibus bill that keeps funding [the more than $500 million Planned Parenthood receives each year]
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    Calvin Freiburger
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    WASHINGTON, DC, March 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The House of Representatives passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill to finance the federal government through the 2018 fiscal year, leaving Planned Parenthood’s annual subsidies untouched in the process.
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    The 256-167 vote comes less than a day after congressional Republican leaders unveiled the final bill’s text Wednesday night, leaving lawmakers unable to fully review it before voting. Congress has until midnight Friday to approve a spending plan to prevent a government shutdown.
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    The legislation has earned disapproval from many Republicans for its priorities, among them the fact that it continues the more than $500 million in taxpayer dollars Planned Parenthood receives each year.
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    The omnibus does retain existing language forbidding funds from being used on abortions (except in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies). However, pro-lifers have long noted that taxpayers’ money Planned Parenthood receives for other purposes still indirectly aids the abortion business, by freeing more revenue from other sources to be spent on abortions.
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    Several pro-life members of Congress have voiced their disgust with the bill.
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    “It’s a good thing we have Republican control of Congress or the Democrats might bust the budget caps, fund planned parenthood [sic] and Obamacare, and sneak gun control without due process into an Omni…wait, what?” Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, tweeted Wednesday.
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    Congressional Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, and member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-NC, also cited Planned Parenthood’s funding among their problems with the omnibus.
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    “I think it’s not good for the American taxpayer, not consistent, anywhere close to consistent, to what we said we would do when they elected us in 2016,” Jordan said yesterday.
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    The Freedom Caucus, a collection of the House’s more conservative lawmakers, sent a letter Wednesday to President Donald Trump, urging him to veto the omnibus on behalf of the “countless forgotten men and women of America who placed their faith in you to change business as usual in Washington, D.C.”
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    However, while Trump pledged on the campaign trail to defund the abortion giant, and has proposed budgets that would have done so, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has confirmed he will sign the omnibus.
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    It is not yet known when the Senate will vote on the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, quipped that it depends “when Sen. Paul decides we can,” a reference to Paul unilaterally delaying votes on past bills to which he objected. Paul says he is undecided whether to hold up this one.
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    [Also why…]
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    Failure of [Republican-controlled] Congress to pass Conscience Protection Act
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    Catholic World News – 3/23/18
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    “Those inside and outside of Congress who worked to defeat the CPA have placed themselves squarely into the category of extremists who insist that all Americans must be forced to participate in the violent act of abortion,” the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a statement.

  2. Whatever. America is one of only four nations permitting abortions right up to the moment of birth.
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    Yeah, our “system” is really exceptional…
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    In fifty years to have gone from a fairly decent society into barbarism is no small feat.

  3. Well, at least the bishops did say something. Would to God they will say and do even more.

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