CNA Staff, Sep 16, 2020 / 02:00 am
A Vatican representative has said that the inclusion of a reference to "reproductive rights" in a United Nations resolution on combating the coronavirus is "deeply concerning and divisive."
Archbishop Gabriele Caccia made the remark Sept. 11 after the UN General Assembly in New York endorsed the resolution, entitled "Comprehensive and coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic."
The resolution appealed to states "to take all measures necessary to ensure the right of women and girls to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, including sexual and reproductive health, and reproductive rights."
Caccia, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said that "the Holy See considers it most unfortunate that the adopted resolution includes the deeply concerning and divisive reference to 'sexual and reproductive health, and reproductive rights.'"