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House GOP Challenges WHO Alliance with Abortion Rights Group

House Republicans are pushing back against the World Health Organization’s decision to work with an abortion-rights group, arguing that this move could harm international trust and cooperation. Led by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), the group sent a letter to the WHO executive board opposing the agency’s plan to collaborate with the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is set for a final vote next month.

The lawmakers expressed concerns over the CRR’s alleged attempts to push for abortion rights in various countries and influence international mechanisms. They argued that this undermines the sovereignty of nations and bypasses democratic processes. The Republicans emphasized that there is no internationally recognized human rights obligation regarding abortion by treaty or customary international law.

In addition, the GOP lawmakers highlighted the WHO’s already shaky trust due to its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and proposed legislation by Republican lawmakers to reduce U.S. support for the organization. They also referenced data showing low American support for using foreign assistance funds for abortion-related activities and pointed to a poll indicating public backing for legislation that prohibits such use of funds.

The letter warned that if the WHO proceeds with granting special status to the Center for Reproductive Rights, it would further erode trust in international cooperation and goodwill towards international institutions. The lawmakers implied that this could lead to withholding all funding to the WHO. The WHO is expected to consider the proposal to collaborate with the CRR during its 155th executive board session on June 2.

Written by Staff Reports

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