10.28.21

Lankford, Daines Celebrate First Anniversary of Geneva Consensus Declaration

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced a resolution to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration by a coalition of now 36 countries, making a shared commitment to defending life, the family, and national sovereignty.

“One year ago, President Trump led more than 32 countries, representing 1.6 billion people from every region of the world, in signing the historic Geneva Consensus Declaration to recognize the basic human rights of women and reaffirm the inherent right to life for all individuals,” said Lankford. “Honoring the most basic right of an individual to live should not be controversial, but unfortunately President Biden is determined to be the most pro-abortion President in our nation’s history, as demonstrated by his decision to remove the United States from the declaration and promote abortion in other countries. This resolution celebrates the historic nature of the Geneva Consensus Declaration and affirms the commitments we made with our like-minded friends a year ago. Pro-life Americans will continue to defend the basic right to life for all individuals.”

“Last year, under the leadership of President Trump, the US led a global coalition to reaffirm that all life is sacred and there is no international right to abortion, to protect the family, and to defend the sovereign right of nations to enact laws that advance these core values, without external pressure,” Daines said. “Despite President Biden’s withdrawal, the Geneva Consensus Declaration coalition has continued to grow to now 36 signatory countries, which are committed to working together against the imposition of an anti-life, anti-family agenda." 

You can read the text of the resolution here.

The resolution has 14 cosponsors in the Senate and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced a companion resolution in the House with 29 cosponsors.

Lankford has been a leading voice for the protection of life in the Senate. He pushed back on the Biden Administration’s rule to allow taxpayer funded abortions. He also successfully secured language in the Democrats partisan $3.5 trillion Fiscal Year 2022 budget resolution that would keep long-standing Hyde amendment protections in place. Last year, Lankford praised the Trump Administration for their work to advance international religious freedom and the right to life around the world. He expressed his disappointment in the Biden Administration withdrawing from the Geneva Consensus Declaration under the guise of unity when 77 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funded abortions.

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