U.S. again leads opposition to abortion at United Nations

The United States told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that it opposed references to sexual and reproductive health and to “safe” abortions, pitting Washington against Britain, France and many other Western Nations.

While the United States joined its 14 council counterparts to unanimously adopt a resolution on women, peace and security, U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft raised objections to parts of the text: “We cannot accept references to ‘sexual and reproductive health,’ nor any references to ‘safe termination of pregnancy’ or language that would promote abortion or suggest a right to abortion,” she said after the vote.

“The U.N. should not put itself in a position of promoting or suggesting a right to abortion, whether it is humanitarian or development work,” said Craft, who took up her role in August.