In Summary
  • A seemingly agitated US delegation argued that pro-life and pro-family groups had been barred from attending the event.
  • They claimed that the forum had a hidden pro-abortion agenda due to its lack of transparency.
  • The US delegation, flanked by some Kenyan MPs, said that the “legislative process should reflect the democratic expression of the will of the people through their freely elected representatives.”

Disagreements continued to rock the controversy-ridden International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) forum in Nairobi Thursday.

This is after the United States and the European Union openly clashed over what the former claimed was a hidden pro-choice agenda, setting the stage for a global showdown over issues such as abortion and sex education for teenagers.

A seemingly agitated US delegation argued that pro-life and pro-family groups had been barred from attending the event.

They claimed that the forum had a hidden pro-abortion agenda due to its lack of transparency.

The US stated that “any outcomes from this summit are not intergovernmentally negotiated, nor will they have been the result of a consensus,” and urged states not to honour the more than 1,250 global commitments that have already been made.

The EU (and aligned nations including Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Guinea, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom, who had issued an earlier statement) on the other hand said they wanted universal support for informed reproductive health choices for women.

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