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Restoring Gender and Reproductive Rights Language in UN Resolutions

Biden-Harris delegates to the U.S. Mission to the U.N. should immediately make clear commitments to internationally agreed upon human rights standards, including LGBTQ rights and access to birth control and abortion, on the floor of the General Assembly. They will have to work hard to restore the United States’ human rights reputation and its standing at the international organization; for four years, Trump administration officials repeatedly and aggressively pushed to remove references to gender and reproductive health and rights from U.N. resolutions and agreements. The U.S. delegation forced the removal of references to “modern contraception,” “emergency contraception” and “unsafe abortion” from Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) outcome documents; repeatedly and vocally opposed abortion; attacked gender inclusive language to dilute the rights of nonbinary and transgender people; and undermined landmark agreements such as the Beijing Declaration.