Trump official says US is ‘pro-life country’ at United Nations
NEW YORK, March 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Trump official is making waves at the United Nations for vocally defying the international organization’s conventional wisdom on abortion.
Two unnamed UN diplomats have told the UK Independent that Bethany Kozma, a senior adviser at the US Agency for International Development’s office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, recently declared that the “US is a pro-life country” during a private meeting.
The remark came in the context of finalizing the UN Commission on the Status of Women’s annual report. Kozma reportedly led the American delegation in requesting that all instances of the phrase “modern contraception” be replaced with “family planning,” a broader term that could include abstinence education rather than just birth control drugs and devices.
One unnamed UN diplomat told the Independent that Kozma’s statement was “shocking,” and indicated that the United States under President Donald Trump took a “weaker” stance on so-called “reproductive rights” than even Saudi Arabia (where women cannot have an actual medical procedure of any kind without a male relative’s consent).
Both Kozma and the Trump administration refused to comment on the specific incident, but one American official provided a more generalized response to the Independent.
“While we can’t comment on ongoing diplomatic negotiations, the multi-agency US delegation is representing the administration’s policies and priorities at the CSW,” the official said. “Also, in response to your question related to US support for women’s health, as the world’s largest bilateral donor to global health programmes, the US remains committed to helping women and children thrive, particularly in countries where the need is greatest.”
The Independent report claims Kozma’s declaration of a pro-life America is undermined by the “fact both the law and public opinion support a woman’s right to access legal and safe abortion.” In fact, while Roe v. Wade currently mandates abortion’s legality (which many pro-abortion legal scholars admit is constitutionally groundless), the balance of public opinion polling supports Kozma’s statement. From 1995 through 2017, a combined 54% of Americans or more have consistently told Gallup abortion should be legal in “few” or no circumstances.
Newsweek also notes that pro-homosexual organizations such as OutRight Action International have attacked Kozma, a former Bush homeland security official, for past public stands against the transgender movement. OutRight executive director Jessica Stern demands that the administration remove Kozma from the UN delegation for her supposedly “hateful rhetoric.”
At the Daily Signal, Kozma has written several articles criticizing former President Barack Obama’s transgender restroom mandate, praising his successor Donald Trump for reversing it, and detailing her activism on the subject in her community.
“To put it simply, a boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same shower, bathroom, or locker room with my daughter under the president’s transgender policies,” Kozma wrote in July 2016. “When I learned that predators could abuse these new policies to hurt children in school lockers, shelters, pool showers, or other vulnerable public places like remote bathrooms in national parks, I realized I had to do something.”
She has testified before school boards on multiple occasions, including telling the Loudon County Schools board in January 2017 that allowing males into girls’ bathrooms “tells young girls who are students that you don’t care how they feel and you will be discriminating against your own students, potentially opening them up to sexual harassment,” assault, or rape.
“Trump’s decisiveness on this issue shows that he cares more about people than political correctness,” Kozma wrote in July 2017, “that all our children deserve a safe and respectful learning environment, not just a very small minority, and that privacy and free speech are rights that American parents hold dear.”