US Government Uses Veto Threat to Gut UN Resolution on Sexual Violence

The UN Security Council passed a resolution aimed at ending rape as a weapon of war Tuesday, after the US government used its veto as a threat to gut the measure of any mention of sexual and reproductive health.

The resolution was only adopted after references for the need to provide “sexual and reproductive health” assistance to survivors of sexual violence in conflicts were removed. The US government threatened to veto the resolution if it included this reference, saying it was support for abortion.

The Trump administration has refused to support any UN resolution with language about sexual and reproductive health. The administration attempted to take out language on sexual and reproductive health from multiple resolutions in 2018, but they were unsuccessful.



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