US defeated on antiabortion statements at UN women's meeting

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:621
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

The United States was defeated in two attempts to insert antiabortion statements into resolutions at the UN conference on the status of women. The review of progress in the decade since the 1995 Beijing conference ended as it began.

In an opening speech, UN secretary general Kofi Annan noted progress in women's improved life expectancy, ability to earn, and lower fertility rates and girls' access to primary education. He said that the situation was worse in other areas. Trafficking in women …

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