Delegates clashed with the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on whether to give official status within the international health agency to the radical abortion and sexual rights lobby group, Center for Reproductive Rights.

Tedros implored thirty-four countries in the executive board of the World Health Organization to approve the application for official status of the Center for Reproductive Rights. He made an unusual intervention that mixed personal stories with claims that abortion is necessary to reduce maternal deaths, one of the principal claims of the center. When it became clear that over one dozen countries would vote against the center’s application, Tedros begged them to approve the application conditionally for only a year.

A delegate from Egypt specifically called out the director-general’s intervention as misleading. Tedros suggested that advocacy for abortion is in the mainstream, promoting access to abortion in the “hard cases” of incest, rape, and when the mother’s life is threatened. The Egyptian delegate said the pro-abortion center goes far beyond that.

“We are here not speaking about life saving interventions on pregnant women. Accepted and allowed within most member states,” he said, but “abortion-on-demand” and transgender identity change based on “subjective self-determination.”

The same delegate accused the United States of politicizing the WHO, alluding to the fact that if Donald Trump is elected to a second term the U.S. “position reflected in this room would change.”

From C-FAM