Saturday, October 16, 2004

Women's Rights?

So, the U.S. lets Pakistan and Indonesia take the lead in
Women's Rights.
The Bush administration said it withheld its signature because the statement included a reference to "sexual rights."

Kelly Ryan, deputy assistant secretary of State, wrote to backers of the plan that the United States was committed "to the empowerment of women and the need to promote women's fullest enjoyment of universal human rights."

"The United States is unable, however, to endorse the world leaders' statement," Ryan said, because it "includes the concept of 'sexual rights,' a term that has no agreed definition in the international community."

Ryan did not elaborate. At previous U.N. meetings, U.S. representatives have spoken out against abortion, gay rights and what they see as the promotion of promiscuity by distributing condoms to prevent AIDS.
Sure, the US says it would like women to have equal rights, to not be abused and killed for honor or dowry, to be educated, to have the right to vote, etc.

But not if it means they might get a condom, be lesbians, or have the choice of having an abortion.

For those who think idealogues aren't running the show, these are the folks speaking for the US to all the other nations in the world.

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