Diary

Abortion is Not a Human Right

Remind me again how Donald Trump is not morally fit to be President. The State Department just released it’s annual Human Rights report. Three things stand out in the article from Free Beacon quoting from the Washington Post. The first is regarding reproductive rights.

In what is likely to be the most controversial change, the report strips a section labeled “reproductive rights” that previous reports included for every country outlining access to contraception and abortion, as well as maternal mortality rates. In its place, every country now has a section called “coercion in population control,” documenting involuntary or “unethical” sterilization.

The inclusion of reproductive rights as a separate section for every country is a legacy of the Obama administration. It was introduced in the 2011 report released the following year, at the end of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

State Department officials said the phrase increasingly became viewed as a loaded term in the United States, with both opponents and supporters of legalized abortion viewing it as a code word for abortion.

While Congress continues to do nothing about reducing abortions such as defunding #ppsellsbabyparts, the Trump Administration has reversed the course taken by the previous Administration. The Mexico City policy was reinstated almost immediately, and the same policy direction continues.

The policy direction that is treating Isreal as an ally instead of a foe continues as well.

State Department officials said that reports issued by other parts of the government no longer refer to the West Bank and Gaza as the Occupied Territories and that the human rights report is just catching up to what is now standard practice in the administration. David M. Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel and a supporter of the settlement movement, has urged the State Department to drop the term.

Also included were the list of countries with the worst record on human rights.

Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan highlighted some countries with the worst human rights records, including Syria, North Korea, China, Burma, Iran, Venezuela, Turkey, and Russia (bolding mine).

Yes, Russia is included. The country that many say the Trump Administration refuses to call out. Notice the list of countries they are being compared with.

I realize that this is just a report from the State Department, and that it has no bearing on future Presidents. This can easily be changed in the future just like it was changed now. But the fact is, for now, the policy of this Administration is to defend the unborn, support our allies, and call out countries that refuse to respect basic human rights. That’s not only a huge departure from the previous eight years, it’s also the policy that we had hoped for if a Republican had won the election.

No one expected Donald Trump to govern like a conservative less than I did. All you have to do is go back and read my comments during the election. I fully expected there would be little difference between how he governed vs. Hillary. I was wrong, and I’m very, very glad that I was.