UNITED NATIONS, October 25, 2001 ( – Bernd Niehaus, the representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations told the General Assembly’s Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, Cultural), yesterday that his country had difficulty with the draft document of the Special Session of the Assembly on children. The difficulties pertain to the UN definition of the term “reproductive health services” which a Canadian delegate revealed includes abortion.

A UN report on yesterday’s proceedings notes Niehaus said, “There was still some work to be done on the draft document, particularly regarding health and reproductive health services. In Costa Rica, it should be understood that those terms never meant the right to abortion.”

See the UN release on the meeting:


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