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By Steven Ertelt, LifeNews, Oct. 9, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – UN Ambassador Ambassador Nikki Haley announced today she is stepping down from her position representing the United States before the Unite Nations. Haley is celebrated by the pro-life movement and the former South Carolina governor is adamantly pro-life.
”It has been the honor of a lifetime” to be UN ambassador, Haley said during a public appearance today with President Trump. She indicated she is not running in 2020 and will leave at the end of the year. Trump will name a replacement in 2-3 weeks.
“I believe in term limits … I think you have to be selfless enough to know when to step aside and let someone else do the job,” she said,
From the pro-life standpoint, Haley was responsible for overseeing United States’ withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council, a misnamed group that rarely promotes authentic human rights and spent more time pushing abortion than stopping global human rights atrocities.
“No one should make the mistake of equating membership in the Human Rights Council with support for human rights. To this day, the United States does more for human rights, both inside the U.N., and around the world, [than] any other country. And we will continue to do that,” said Haley at the time.
“We just won’t do it inside a council that consistently fails the cause of human rights.”
On June 19, the United States announced it was leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council, citing the council’s bias against Israel and its tolerance for human rights abusers to be included in the council. The decision was good news for pro-life advocates as the so-called human rights organization pushed for a global right to kill unborn children in abortions.
At the time of the announcement, Haley said that the council was a “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias.”
The so-called UN human rights group has a history of denying human rights to children before birth.
In 2012, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva inched closer to asserting abortion as a human right when it passed a resolution endorsing a controversial new set of guidelines on maternal mortality. The guidelines were crafted with input from abortion advocates and reflect a view rejected by nations at the UN General Assembly.
The resolution, sponsored by New Zealand, Burkina Faso, and Colombia, endorsed a “technical guidance” paper by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that included abortion under the term “sexual and reproductive health rights.”
Council members opposing the resolution said, “A human rights-based approach to maternal mortality and morbidity has to respect the sovereignty of states . . . with full respect for the various religious and ethical values and cultural backgrounds of its people, and in conformity with universally recognized international human rights” which so far does not include abortion.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, praised the move in comments to LifeNews.
“The United Nations’ dedication to defending human rights has strayed so far from its conception post-World War II when President Harry Truman appointed Eleanor Roosevelt to the first American delegation to the U.N.,” she said. “Today the UNHRC itself is a remake of its predecessor, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, which had to be replaced because it valued partisan politics above human beings. History is nothing if not repetitive, and today the UNHRC is facing the same fate as the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. The United States is willing to call it what it is.”
Nance added: “The United States has asked the Council to face its hypocrisy. We have asked that they expel nations who are blatant human rights abusers, such as Venezuela, China, and Saudi Arabia. Ambassador Haley put forth minimum requirements for the United States’ involvement, and all of them have been ignored. It is not our obligation to align ourselves with an international body that claims to stand for human rights but cherry picks which humans deserve those rights.”
During her confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate, Haley told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that she would oppose abortion on an international level, saying she is “strongly pro-life.”
“I am strongly pro-life, so anything we can do to keep from having abortions, or to keep them from not knowing what is available, I will support,” she said.
Haley has a long record of supporting pro-life legislation and signing it as governor of the state of South Carolina.
“I believe every life has a value and is blessed by God–my husband was adopted and my pro-life convictions stem from the fact I feel the blessings of that value every day knowing someone chose life for him. I see it every day in my two children as I watch them grow. My hope is that we continue to encourage and work towards educating that value of life to everyone, ” Haley has said.
Haley’s pro-life record has earned her the support of pro-life groups in her state.
After Haley ordered an investigation of abortion clinics in the state following a national scandal involving Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body parts, state health officials found multiple violations. Haley said the investigation she ordered had found violations of laws or regulations by all three abortion clinics in the state, including one operated by Planned Parenthood. Two of the abortion clinics may be forcibly closed unless they take fast action to get in compliance with the law. According to state officials, the violations include improper infectious waste disposal practices.
Planned Parenthood’s Columbia clinic and the Greenville Women’s Clinic, received suspension orders from the Department of Health and Environmental Control. The orders cite multiple violations found during recent inspections.
“The entire country was shocked by the videos showing Planned Parenthood employees’ horrifying disregard for human life,” Haley said in a written statement. “That prompted me to ask our appropriate state agency to investigate whether such wrongdoing was taking place in our state. The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has now completed its investigation and has concluded that all three abortion clinics in the state are in fact in violation of South Carolina laws or regulations.”
“I fully support DHEC’s actions, including its referral of the matter to SLED,” said Gov. Haley. “South Carolina is a compassionate state, and we are a state of laws. We will not tolerate law breaking of any kind, particularly as it relates to the callous treatment of human life.”
In 2012, Haley signed two key pro-life bills and she was joined in doing so by pro-life advocates who were elated by her leadership in protecting unborn children and stopping abortions in South Carolina.
In a formal bill signing ceremony at the Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, Haley signed the Opt Out of Abortion Actand the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, both strongly backed by South Carolina Citizens for Life and numerous pro-family organizations.
The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act would protect unborn children who are born alive after a failed abortion but may be purposefully left to die afterwards. The legislation defines an infant born alive as a person even if the baby survives an abortion attempt and makes it so babies who are born alive under any circumstances cannot be treated as medical waste, or deliberately killed because they are unwanted.
Haley said the pro-life issue “isn’t partisan” and she added that it should not be a political issue.
LIFEPAC endorsed Governor Haley in the 2010 General Election. Her SCCL pro-life survey was 100 percent and her voting record in the House of Representatives was solidly pro-life.
Haley leveled the criticism after Meet the Press host David Gregory grilled her on the “gender gap” in Republican support being an obstacle to Mitt Romney defeating President Obama in November. Haley took Gregory to task for the question: “I find it comical that the news media wants to continue to talk about a gender gap, and so I’ll challenge you to ask a man about the gender gap as well.”