Abortion and the Current Politics of Climate Change

This Definitions examines how the abortion issue relates to the current global political discussion around climate change. It examines how the lingering memory of the “population bomb” that proved to be a dud informs the current debate, the role of the UN in historically pivoting away from the “population control” narrative, and how the rising concern of a “climate crisis” risks reanimating these old and dangerous ideas.

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“Self-Care” that Harms and Kills: The WHO’s Push to “Demedicalize” Abortion

This Definitions examines how the rubric of “self-care” is being used to remove or bypass all safety and legal guardrails around abortion, how the COVID-19 pandemic has been utilized to accelerate this agenda, and how the groundwork has been carefully laid to ensure that access to abortion is ubiquitous regardless of the law—all with support from the UN’s global health agency.

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The Significance of the Geneva Consensus Declaration

This Definitions considers the importance of the Geneva Consensus Declaration in the context of the ongoing debates about social issues in the international context.

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Arguments from International Human Rights Law in the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Abortion Case

This Definitions paper will evaluate the claims that abortion is an international human right asserted in the international law briefs submitted to the court.

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Evidence of Systemic and Unlawful Abortion Promotion by UN Secretariat, Agencies, and other Entities

In 1994, at the International Conference on Population and Development, UN member states agreed that abortion was an issue to be addressed exclusively in national politics and legislation, and therefore…

Briefing Papers

Evidence of Systemic and Unlawful Promotion of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by UN Secretariat, Agencies, and other Entities

Recent debates on the use of the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” within the United Nations in reference to individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)…

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Evidence of Systemic and Unlawful Promotion of Comprehensive Sexuality Education by UN Secretariat, Agencies, and other Entities

At the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994, UN member states agreed to provide “age-appropriate sex education” with “appropriate direction and guidance from parents and legal guardians.” …

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ANALYSIS: Keeping Girls in School Act (S.1071/H.R.2153)

The Senate and House texts are nearly identical – the biggest difference is that the House version stipulates that process of updating and submitting the global strategy must be done every five years “for not less than 10 years,” while the Senate version only says every five years.

Policy Papers

The Gates Foundation: No Controversy or No Complicity?

At the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made family planning one of its signature issues, using the slogan “No Controversy” to insist that contraception should not be politically divisive, and should be seen as separate from the highly controversial issue of abortion.

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The Importance of Consensus at the UN

Since the founding of the United Nations, member states have tried to adopt common policy positions on a wide range of issues by “consensus.” This is a standard term in parliamentary procedure common to legislative bodies and boardrooms. It means that that a decision or resolution is adopted without objection or the need for a vote because everyone agrees with the proposed text.

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