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Abortion Remains an Issue for UN Child Summit

The United Nations will hold its Child Summit May 8-10 in New York, but already the Bush Administration is plotting to change language in the Summit declaration that would exclude support for abortion counseling and services. The Bush Administration had already made clear its view that the phrase “reproductive health services” in the document was an endorsement of abortion last August before the Summit was postponed until May because of the September 11 attacks. In adopting its position, the Bush Administration has effectively allied itself with conservative Muslim nations and the Vatican in an attempt to remove abortion-related language from the final document.

Sources:

Washington Times, 4/22/02; Feminist Majority Foundation

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