.- After receiving a letter from several abortion ârightsâ organizations, President Obama has created a position to address womenâs concerns around the globe. On Friday the White House announced that he would nominate Melanne Verveer, an abortion supporter, to fill the new position of Ambassador-at-Large for Global Womenâs Issues.
The January 23 letter, signed by the ACLU, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Feminist Majority, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and several others, praised Obama for repealing the Mexico City Policy.
The letter also requested that he work to âensure that officials from your Administration act as a strong voice for womenâs sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United Nations and other international arenas and do all in their power to translate international agreements into actions that improve womenâs lives.â
On Friday, a statement from the White House announced the creation of the new position and lauded the Presidentâs âunprecedentedâ decision which reflects the elevated importance of global womenâs issues to the President and his entire Administration.â
The statement also noted that the Ambassador-at-Large for Womenâs Issues, Melanne Verveer is the co-founder, chair and co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international organization that invests in emerging female leaders. Prior to founding Vital Voices, Verveer served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration and was chief assistant to then First Lady Hillary Clinton in her international activities.
Additionally, Verveer took the lead in establishing the Presidentâs Interagency Council on Women, which serves as a model for governments to address issues of concern to women.
LifeNews.com spoke with Marie Smith, director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues who noted that combined with the Presidentâs order to rescind the Mexico City Policy, the latest appointment âadds to the evidence that both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are pursuing a global abortion agenda" making âno attempt at common ground."
She also added that Obama's new nominee will promote abortion at a time when women need assistance such as economic support and education.
"It is tragic that the United States will pursue a path of imposing an extremist view of abortion that 60% of the world's countries reject, while at the same time, women globally are in need of life-affirming measures to improve their and their families' lives,â Smith said.