A Labour MP has criticised Theresa May’s move to confirm Donald Trump’s UK state visit on the day he watered down a UN resolution on wartime rape.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration’s staunch opposition to abortion has led to the removal of sexual and reproductive references in a UN resolution that may be seen as supportive of terminating pregnancies.
The amendment was made after threats that the US would veto the resolution altogether.
Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to confirmation from Downing Street that Donald Trump will make a State Visit to the UK in June, said:
“It beggars belief that on the very same day Donald Trump is threatening to veto a UN resolution against the use of rape as a weapon of war, Theresa May is pressing ahead with her plans to honour him with a State Visit to the UK.
“This is a President who has systematically assaulted all the shared values that unite our two countries, and unless Theresa May is finally going to stand up to him and object to that behaviour, she has no business wasting taxpayers’ money on all the pomp, ceremony and policing costs that will come with this visit.”
The removed phrase in the resolution said: “Recognizing the importance of providing timely assistance to survivors of sexual violence, urges United Nations entities and donors to provide non-discriminatory and comprehensive health services, in line with Resolution 2106.”
It was deemed to be too much in favour of abortion.
Trump’s office also opposed the use of the word “gender” in the report, replacing it with “woman” as an ongoing effort to narrow the definitions and remove “transgender” from existence in law.
The resolution, which was sponsored by Germany, and supported by activists including Amal Clooney, was passed with Trump’s amendments.
Trump is facing international condemnation for weakening the resolution.
“It beggars belief that on the very same day Donald Trump is threatening to veto a UN resolution against the use of rape as a weapon of war, Theresa May is pressing ahead with her plans to honour him with a State Visit to the UK.” – @EmilyThornberry https://t.co/t9pi81aNMC
— Labour Press Team (@labourpress) April 23, 2019