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'We Have Made Progress ... But There's More to Be Done': 9 Senators Seek to Halt US Funding to Pro-abortion Orgs in Latin America

Martin M. Barillas : Feb 11, 2019

"I am proud to fight for the precious lives of the most vulnerable among us," signatory Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK

(Washington, DC)—[] Nine US senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in December demanding an end to public funding to two organizations that promote abortion in Latin America. (Photo credit: Kelly Sikkema-Unsplash)

The letter notes that it's against US law for tax dollars to be going to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Inter-American Commission on Women (Comisión Interamericana sobre la Mujer-CIM) because these bodies promote abortion.

The jointly signed letter to Sec. Pompeo said that the Siljander amendment to the Foreign Assistance and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 1981 specifies that "no US funds appropriated under the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act may be used to lobby for or against abortion."

That law is "currently not being properly enforced by the US Department of State, which continues to fund ... the Organization of American States (OAS), such as IACHR and CIM, while they aggressively lobby pro-life sovereign nations to legalize abortion."

The OAS is a diplomatic organization, funded by the US government, where the 35 independent nations of North and South America discuss regional concerns and security.

"Time and again," the letter states, IACHR and CIM have lobbied for legalizing abortion "in a region where a great majority of the member states have chosen to protect the right to life in their constitutions and laws." This is "especially egregious," the letter says, because the American Convention on Human Rights, the region's primary human rights treaty, "recognizes that '[every] person has the right to have his life respected ... from the moment of conception'"... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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