Defeated the intention of the United Nations to guarantee abortion by 2030 amid coronavirus pandemic

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  • CitizenGO thanks the over 526,000 signatories for the pressure exerted to defend the right to life.
  • Bureau members of the 53rd. session of the Population and Development Commission have withdrawn a controversial paragraph regarding guaranteeing abortion in 2030 due to lack of consensus.


MADRID, JULY 9th, 2020.- The intention of the United Nations to guarantee abortion by 2030 taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis, has failed. Bureau members of the 53rd. session of the Population and Development Commission have withdrawn a controversial paragraph regarding guaranteeing abortion in 2030 due to lack of consensus and after a campaign carried out worldwide by CitizenGO was supported by more than half a million citizens.

“There will be no signed agreement in favor of abortion at the 53rd session of the Population and Development Commission. Fortunately, most country representatives, familiar with the euphemistic language used to drive abortion and population reduction within the United Nations, have declined the agreement. I am grateful to the more than 526,000 citizens who have lobbied the UN to avoid the abortion text introduced by taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic”, said CitizenGO President, Ignacio Arsuaga.

Members of the Bureau of the Population and Development Commission had insisted on including a controversial paragraph with the aim of guaranteeing abortion by 2030. The failed document, which had to be signed by the representatives of all the attending countries, was entitled ‘Draft statement on population, food security, nutrition and sustainable development in the context of 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19)’.

And the discord paragraph had been designated by number 15:

 “We, the representatives of Governments, on occasion of the fifty-third session of the Commission on Population and Development, at the time of an unprecedented crisis caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic… (15) Commit to ensure, by 2030, universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes, and ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences”.

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“The paragraph in question would have forced the commitment of the nations to promote abortion in their legislation, increase and facilitate its access, as well as sexual education for minors. But after several rounds of consultations and numerous bilateral debates there has been no agreement. In addition, both the United States and African Groups had previously expressed their criticism of this controversial paragraph publicly,” Arsuaga said.

CitizenGO had been developing an intense campaign for months, as detailed below: 

  • On March 29, the 53rd session of the Population and Development Commission was scheduled.
  • Due to the coronavirus, the physical meeting was suspended and a virtual meeting was postponed on May 29.
  • The draft that the table brought to the May 29 meeting contained the controversial paragraph of guaranteeing abortion in 2030, so several countries voiced their criticism.
  • As there was no consensus in that virtual meeting, the table called again for Monday, June 15. The result was the same: absence of consensus.
  • So the table was given a new deadline until June 22, meanwhile, holding bilateral meetings to try to convince the pro-life states. “In other words, ideological pressure and interference. Still they failed again. And the table returned to give a new term until last Friday,” stated Ignacio Arsuaga.
  • Now, the table of the Population and Development Commission has given up and has renounced a consensus text.

“It has been a long battle, where the United Nations lacked transparency. The Population and Development Commission was stretching the time to try to reach consensus, but failed. And this represents a great victory: the victory of the right to life! We truly thank every single one of  the signatories for having made possible this victory against abortion at the UN,” concluded Mr Arsuaga.

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