“Reproductive Rights are Human Rights”

Earlier this month, the US State Department released the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices–and the very first sentence was remarkable.

“Later this year,” the Preface begins, “the Department of State will release an addendum to each 2020 country report that expands the subsection on women in Section 6 … to include a broader range of issues related to reproductive rights.”

In 2018, the State Department removed the “reproductive rights” section from its 2017 human rights report, replacing it with statistics on “coercion in population control.”

In addition to this year’s addendum, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, “we are restoring the practice of documenting these rights in 2021 and future years.”

We are all aware that the euphemism “reproductive rights” typically refers to abortion and contraception. Previous State Department human rights reports included information on other nations’ abortion laws in their respective sections on reproductive health.

This action is no surprise. In January, Biden repealed the Mexico City Policy, allowing U.S. global health assistance to once again fund international pro-abortion groups. The United States also withdrew from the Geneva Declaration, an October 2020 statement signed by the U.S. and 31 other countries stating that there is no international right to abortion.

Blinken referred to these actions as “one of many steps… that we are taking to promote women’s health and equity at home and abroad. Because women’s rights – including sexual and reproductive rights – are human rights.”

So abortion is a human right, according to our own Secretary of State.

Our question to Secretary Blinken: is the right to life a lesser right–or not a human right at all?