US ambassador claims UN has 'collective understanding' of reproductive rights
December 20, 2013
A high-ranking American ambassador has spoken of a “collective understanding of reproductive rights,” in an address to the UN Population Fund.
Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, the US representative to UNESCO, said that recent UN sessions had “helped strengthen our collective understanding of reproductive rights.” In fact the meaning of the term “reproductive rights” has been hotly debated by UN representatives for more than 20 years. The UN Population Fund, with support from the US, has advanced the argument that “reproductive rights” include the right to legal abortion. But the UN has never endorsed that interpretation of the term.
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