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Despite its own research to the contrary, UN tweet claims abortion helps end gender discrimination

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The United Nations (UN) hailed Argentina’s new abortion law “a crucial step in eliminating discrimination against women & girls” in a tweet after international abortion organizations pushed the country to become the third in Latin American to legalize abortion. 

The UN made this absurd claim, though it is the same intergovernmental organization whose own research makes it clear that abortion often results in tragic discrimination against women and girls. For instance, a UN report found that 1.2 million girls each year are missing worldwide due to sex-selective abortions. China and India suffer from major gender imbalances, with India bracing themselves the loss of seven million baby girls who might otherwise have been born by 2030. The UNFPA has also decried the practice, saying, “The rise in sex selection is alarming as it reflects the persistent low status of women and girls.” 

The idea that Argentina’s abortion legalization will end gender discrimination stems from a deeply misguided notion that has plagued the women’s liberation movement for decades. As the late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg testified during her 1993 Senate confirmation hearing, “It is essential to woman’s equality with man that she be the decision maker, that her choice be controlling. If you impose restraints that impede her choice, you are disadvantaging her because of her sex.” But as a Live Action News analysis has pointed out, abortion has never truly been about women’s equality.

READ: Discrimination against women is still tolerated in sex-selective abortion

Rather than helping to eliminate “gender discrimination,” the legalization of abortion enables an insidious form of exploitation of women and even girls. The link between sex trafficking and abortion was featured in a major documentary released last year, and Live Action has uncovered instances in eight cities across the US in which Planned Parenthood employees showed a willingness to cover up for child sex traffickers seeking to procure abortions for underage girls. As Live Action News has reported, the majority of trafficked women may be forced to abort. 

In recent years, abortion activists have been given prominent and influential positions within the UN. As Live Action News reported, the UN Human Rights Council appointed South African abortionist Tlaleng Mofokeng as Special Rapporteur on the right to health. Since being appointed in July of 2020, Mofokeng has used her position to advocate for the “right” to “self-managed abortion,” in concert with the abortion industry that has used the pandemic as a pretext to expand abortion.

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