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BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6382 (Published 07 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6382

Joint Statement on Universal Health Coverage

21 countries including USA with a population of 1.3 billion people have issued a joint statement promoting support and protection for the family as the foundational institution of society and condemning abortion 1 This joint statement was delivered at the UN General Assembly on 23rd Sept 2019.

Quote: " We do not support reference to ambiguous terms and expressions, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights in UN documents, because they can undermine the critical role of the family and promote practices, like abortion, in circumstances that do not enjoy international consensus and which can be misinterpreted by UN agencies" end quote.

It would be appropriate for the BMJ to take on board the views of such a large population and represent their views in the BMJ. What better medicine could there be than to prioritise and protect the family? Every medical discipline acknowledges the key basis of a healthy family for the development of a healthy child - beginning at, or before fertilisation. Epigenetic studies confirm intra-uterine vulnerability to extra-uterine insults.

Continued Joint Statement

Quote: "Such terms do not adequately take into account the key role of the family in health and education, nor the sovereign right of nations to implement health policies according to their national context. There is no international right to an abortion and these terms should not be used to promote pro-abortion policies and measures. Further, we only support sex education that appreciates the protective role of the family in this education and does not condone harmful sexual risks for young people" end quote.

HHS.gov. Joint Statement on Universal Health Coverage. UN General Assembly September 23rd 2019.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 November 2019
Eugene Breen
Psychiatrist, Associate Clinical Professor
62/63 Eccles St Dublin 7