The Trump administration criticized the United Nations again this summer for trying to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to push its pro-abortion agenda.
“This is a perversion of the human rights system and the founding principles of the United Nations,” Andrew Bremberg, the U.S. Ambassador to the Office of the United Nations, wrote in a letter dated Aug. 11.
The Catholic News Service reports he also criticized the UN for being “notably quiet” on the horrific reports of human rights abuses in China, including forced abortions through all nine months of pregnancy, infanticide and the placement of ethnic minorities in concentration camps.
The letter is addressed to the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls, the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health and the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Its Causes and Consequences, according to the report.
Bremberg responded to the groups after they wrote a “bizarre and inexplicable letter” May 22 accusing the United States of “undue restrictions” on abortion during the coronavirus pandemic, he wrote. The UN groups’ letter referred to states that tried to include elective abortions in their temporary halts on elective medical procedures during the initial outbreak.
“As United Nations human rights mandate holders, you are undoubtedly aware that international human rights law does not recognize any ‘right to abortion,’” Bremberg responded. “The United States is disappointed by and categorically rejects this transparent attempt to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to assert the existence of such a right.”
He also pointed to a June 1 letter from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to the United States Agency for International Development stating that the United Nations “does not promote, much less impose, abortion on anyone, nor is it intended to do so.”
Bremberg slammed the UN groups for wasting their limited time and resources on “spurious allegations” rather than working to end actual human rights abuses that are occurring in China and other parts of the world.
Earlier this summer, the Trump administration sanctioned several Chinese government officials in the wake of an Associated Press report documenting numerous human rights abuses, including forced abortions and sterilizations. Then, in August, Radio Free Asia reported even more details, interviewing a former Xinjiang obstetrician who said hospitals were ordered to abort unborn babies and kill newborns if their parents did not follow the communists’ family planning rules.
Bremberg said the United States and other countries are growing frustrated as they “increasingly see the UN’s human rights system as utterly broken.”
“At the same time, we see violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms on a massive scale that generate little or no comment by these same guardians,” Bremberg said.
President Donald Trump and his administration have been pushing back against pro-abortion politics at the UN. Since 2017, Trump has defunded the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) of tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars because it pushes abortions on other countries and has worked with China for decades to implement its oppressive population control policies.
Under the pro-abortion Obama administration, U.S. taxpayers gave more than $300 million to UNFPA.