“[This] creates the danger of women being pressured to abort their babies,” he added.
Nigeria too voiced strong opposition to references to gender identity, arguing that “gender” can only include “male” or “female” and announcing that the country would withdraw from the resolution altogether to defend its “values, laws and sovereignty” .
“We should not create new rights,” said the Nigerian representative.
In Remarks At the UN meeting, the representative of Senegal condemned the inclusion of abortion as a method of family planning and argued that the word “gender” should only refer to “social relations between men and women “.
Among the 32 nations that joined Nigeria in supporting amendments to remove abortion and gender language from the resolution were Uganda, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Senegal. The Philippines, Nicaragua, Russia and a handful of Middle Eastern countries have also joined the effort.
Austin Ruse, President of the Center for Family and Human Rightssaid in an interview with CNA that it is well known that small African countries courageously oppose Western policies in favor of abortion and gender equality.
“They have the most to lose,” he stressed. “They know what the sexual revolution is because they can see what’s happened to our country and they don’t want any of it.”
“They want basic medical care, clean water, safe sanitation; not the gender, reproductive health and comprehensive sex education curriculum that comes from the big powers,” he added.
Poland and Hungary vote to advance abortion and gender ideology
Hungary and Poland, predominantly Catholic nations known as world leaders in opposing abortion and gender ideology, were absent from the life-saving effort and a traditional view of sexuality.
Poland is one of the few countries to have banned almost all abortions, and ranks among the most pro-life governments.
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Hungary’s story is a bit more nuanced, because abortion is legal in the country with certain restrictions. Under Prime Minister Viktor Orban, however, the country is introducing pro-life measures and opens the way to family-friendly policies.
Hungarian and Polish governments have also clashed with progressive European leaders over gender ideology in recent years. past.
Imre Téglásy, director of Human Life International Hungary, told CNA in a statement that he believed Hungary had not opposed abortion at the UN because it faced “serious attacks by liberal EU representatives”.
Téglásy explained that the EU punished Hungary by cutting billions of dollars from the country’s funding as the nation stood up for its “sovereignty and Christian values”.
Téglásy said the other possible explanation is that Hungary’s ambassador to the UN, Zsuzsa Horváth, was not “really aware” of her government’s pro-family policies.
“You can assess these two [decisions as] shameful,” he concluded.