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New UN Database Pressures Countries on Abortion

NEW YORK, June 30 (C-Fam) – The World Health Organization has launched a new interactive database on global abortion laws and policies, aimed to pressuring countries to conform their abortion laws to the recommendations of UN agencies and bureaucrats.

WHO’s description of the project makes clear it is meant as a political advocacy tool intended to “eliminate the barriers that women encounter in accessing safe abortion services” —chief among them, legal restrictions intended to protect children in the womb.

The WHO database is explicitly political, using a controversial technical and policy guidance on “safe abortion” it published in 2012 that calls on countries to decriminalize abortion as if this were an internationally agreed target or a human rights obligation, which it is not.

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