Lost in this week’s impeachment fever was President Trump’s stellar address to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
It was Mr. Trump’s third time speaking before the world’s international body and the nation’s chief executive didn’t mince words on a wide range of topics from North Korea to Iran and the sovereignty of the United States.
Of particular interest to me were his strong remarks concerning the sanctity of life:
“Americans will never tire of defending innocent life,” he stated. “We are aware that many United Nations projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, right up until the moment of delivery. Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life.”
Earlier in the week, Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary, was equally clear and resolute:
“We do not support references to ambiguous terms and expressions such as ‘sexual and reproductive health and rights’ in U.N. documents,” he declared. “They can undermine the critical role of the family and promote practices like abortion in circumstances that do not enjoy international consensus and which can be misinterpreted by U.N. agencies.”
Secretary Azar continued:
“There is no international right to an abortion, and these terms should not be used to promote pro-abortion policies and measures. Further, we only support sex education that appreciates the protective role of the family in this education.”
It’s refreshing to hear such a bold and straightforward defense of life on the world’s largest stage.
President Trump and Secretary Azar are exactly right, of course. How can an organization like the United Nations, established in the spirit of forging international peace, which is based on the belief that all life is of value, support and champion policies that lead to the murder of innocent people? It’s a complete contradiction.
On a related topic, I’ll be making a big announcement later this fall concerning the expansion of Focus on the Family’s “Alive from New York” ultrasound event, our May 4th celebration which took place in New York City’s Times Square, just a mile or so from the United Nations building.
Our plans for 2020 are bigger and even more exciting. Details are still coming together but the Lord is on the move, opening doors and showing us the way forward. We’re just trying to hold on!