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Hillary Clinton says it is 'dangerous' not to include abortion on State Dept. human rights report


'Women's reproductive rights are human rights that are universal and indivisible'

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Hillary Clinton called for abortion (under the guise of "reproductive rights) to be re-included on the U.S. Department of State's human rights report, saying it was a "dangerous decision" by the Trump administration to remove it, according to Life News.

The former secretary of state made the comments in support of the Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act, which was introduced Thursday.

"The Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act would correct the Trump administration's dangerous decision to remove reporting on reproductive rights from the State Department's annual reports on human rights practices around the world," she wrote on Twitter. "By requiring annual reporting on women's access to basic health care like contraception, safe abortion, and maternal health care around the world, Congress can make sure the rights of women and girls will no longer be up for grabs in each election."

There was a good reason abortion was removed

Michael Kozak, an ambassador for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said last year that "reproductive rights" were removed from the report specifically because abortion is not a human right under international law.

"We have never taken the position that abortion was a right under—a human right under international law," Kozak said. "This is supposed to be internationally recognized human rights, and it's an issue on which—some countries prohibit abortion, some countries, like our own, pretty much no restriction on it, and we don't say one of those is right and one of those is wrong.

"We don't report on it because it's not a human right."

According to Kozak, not even the Obama administration intended for reproductive rights to be a synonym for abortion, as it has become. That conflation is another reason to keep it out of the State Department report.

"It's not a diminishment of women's rights or the desire to get away from it," Kozak said at the time. "It's a desire to get away from using a term that has several different meanings that are not all the ones we intend."

(H/T The Daily Wire)

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