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UN defeats bid to list abortion, gay rights among Sustainable Development Goals

August 03, 2015

After three years of negotiations, the UN approved a set of Sustainable Development Goals that do not include support for legal abortion or homosexual marriage.

The goals were approved on August 2 after tense round-the-clock discussions in which developed nations, led by the US and the European Union, pressed for adoption of language that would specifically endorse legal abortion and homosexual rights. Their efforts were successfully opposed by other nations’ delegates, particularly African diplomats who spoke out against the attempt to impose Western norms on traditional societies.


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  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Aug. 06, 2015 10:06 AM ET USA

    We owe such a debt of gratitude to Africa for it's refusal to be bullied, and for the growth of the Church there!

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Aug. 04, 2015 1:31 PM ET USA

    Three cheers for the Africans! As is evident from all indicators, Africa is the modern home of vibrant Catholicism and reason.