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U.S. Threatens To Veto U.N. Resolution Designed To Prevent Rape During War

Michael East, Red Revolution

The United States delegation to the United Nations is threatening to block new resolutions designed to prevent rape being used as a weapon of war, a resolution that is also designed to help victims of rape during conflict.

Threatening to veto the resolution over the selection of words used, the U.S. forced the German delegation to remove references to “health services” and the “sexual and reproductive health” of rape victims as it could be construed as refering to abortion, the U.S. also pushing against the use of “gender” in the draft resolution.

“We are not even sure whether we are having the resolution tomorrow, because of the threats of a veto from the US. They are threatening to use their veto over this agreed language on comprehensive healthcare services including sexual and reproductive health. The language is being maintained for the time being and we’ll see over the next 24 hours how the situation evolves.”

Pramila Patten, U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict, speaking to The Guardian

Sources speaking to CNN stated that the U.S. saw any perceived references to sexual and reproductive health as a “red line”, with the Trump administration having taken active measures to deny support to organizations that provide abortion services to women, including the victims of rape.

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