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Of course the problem is "reproductive health care". It seems Bush wants the agreement rewritten.

Governments are gathering in New York City over the next two weeks to revisit women's progress since the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women met in Beijing in 1995. The U.S. was a leading architect of the Beijing Platform for Action, where 189 countries committed to advancing universal education for girls, ending violence against women, and ensuring access to lifesaving reproductive health care, among other critical issues.

Late yesterday, in quiet negotiations out of the public eye, the Bush administration signaled to other nations that it would not unequivocally reaffirm the commitments made by the United States to the world's women a decade ago.

"I am extremely concerned that the U.S. will withdraw its support for women's human rights on the world's stage," said June Zeitlin, executive director of the Women's Environment and Development Organization. "This is in stark contrast to our government's rhetoric supporting women's rights in Afghanistan and Iraq, and would be a terrible step backward."

"The U.S. should reaffirm, not retreat from, women's rights and equality. Globally, this is about saving women's lives," said Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority.

Originally posted to jakal on Sat Feb 26, 2005 at 01:24 PM PST.

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  •  We discussed this a bit on the open thread... (4.00)
    but we could only find one article in the press that touched it, and it was in the Manila Times (thanks to JRowan on the find):

    Abortion an issue in
    UN conference on women
    By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

    Scariest part for me:

    Germain said that at Friday's informal meeting "the entire room was in favor" the draft declaration except the United States which was "totally isolated by its insistence that its proposed amendment remain on the table."

    This administration is driving us in reverse on social issues, the economy, and science.  And they are enjoying it.  

  •  Why do Repugs hate women? What are they afraid of? (none)
    To find the argument as to why bush would do this, your linked article said:
    The most recent U.S. statement of position, for example, asserts "parental rights" to make reproductive health decisions for adolescents, stresses U.S. support for abstinence-only sex education, and reserves the U.S. position on sexual rights.

    Parental rights?  Most young women (girls?) in developing nations marry and leave home.  Where is the need for parental rights there?  And absinence-only as the sole form of education for reproductive rights?  How medieval.  And, of course, bush "reserves" the US position on sexual rights.

    No matter how you cut it, the bush adminstration keeps coming back to this issue of women not having control over their own body.  We are animals in need of control mechanisms which bushco is adamant about jamming down our throats. advance women's equality and empowerment over a broad agenda of civil and political rights. Its recommendations included universal education for girls, access to reproductive health care and services, global action against poverty, and an end to violence and discrimination against women in every aspect of life.

    ...Delegates in New York will adopt a political statement that recommits nations to actions to improve the human rights and well-being of women and girls.

    One indicator of women's progress is controversy...A backlash of resistance to women's further advancement is also evidence that the debate is serious and involves real power.

    Politics is not about ...predictions. Politics is what we create by what we do, what we hope for, and what we dare to imagine. Paul Wellstone

    by bronte17 on Sat Feb 26, 2005 at 02:23:07 PM PST

  •  Thanks for posting this diary (none)
    The hypocrisy of the Bush Administration's policies is revealed once again.
  •  Head up from "This Week in Fascism" (none)
         I have a policy of letting diary authors know what I said about their diaries in my series on "This Week in Fascism."

         Come on over and let me know what you think about my comments. I also remind the Authors that I probably recommended their diaries and am consistantly the top recommended each week. Hint! Hint!

         without further ado here is what I said.

         Jakal found this country is backing out of another international obligation because President Bush is Against the International Women's Rights Agreement. This agreement that was enacted by 189 countries in 1995 is about to be dropped by the United States unless they change the focus from condom use and other birth control methods to a abstinence only educational program. The Administration will accept women's rights as long as their obstinate. Does anyone else see the hypocrisy here?

    "It's about the accountability, stupid." Thomas Davis 2005

    by Tomtech on Sun Feb 27, 2005 at 09:09:27 PM PST

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