When a woman is pregnant, the government is not looking to protect her
As pregnant women in Mexico begin their journey to a new life, the Trump administration is trying to put its stamp on what the United States considers a human right.
On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United State would not negotiate on behalf of pregnant women as part of the agreement reached with the Mexican government.
“The U.S. will not negotiate with governments to make their own laws on the status of pregnant and childbirth women in the United Nations,” Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
He added, “the United States will not participate in a program that would seek to impose on Mexico the burden of a universal, single-payer health care system that would undermine the health and safety of our own people.”
Mexico’s UN ambassador, Jorge Vazquez, called Pompeo’s remarks “a grave error.”
“The UN, under the leadership of the United Kingdom, has been the only major international body to reject the notion that women are human beings,” Vazkias said in a statement.
“The United States, in its unilateral actions, is a participant in the same discriminatory and xenophobic policies that are tearing families apart and destroying the lives of millions.”
While the United Sates commitment to abortion rights has come under fire over the years, the country has always maintained a strict one-week ban on abortions.
While that was enacted by the Mexican Congress, the new rules mean that the Mexican Supreme Court can overturn the restrictions in an emergency.
“In our view, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mike Pompeon, is not qualified to speak on behalf on behalf and under the auspices of the UN, the organization of the world’s most powerful political, economic and military power,” Vaziquez said.
“He is a representative of the people of Mexico who has a history of anti-human rights and anti-abortion views,” he added.
“Mexico has never had a single woman or girl who was not killed by a Mexican law,” Viazquez said, adding that the U.N. has “not given us any information on how many women are killed by Mexicans in their states, and there is no indication that we are even hearing the stories of their cases.”
The Mexican government has also taken a stance against abortion in Mexico, and has launched a campaign to educate women about the procedure.
In May, the United Nation’s top human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, condemned Mexico’s “anti-abortion agenda,” and called on Mexico to adopt a one-year ban on abortion, a policy he said would help “ensure that the most vulnerable women, including women of reproductive age, have access to safe and legal abortion.”