At a U.N. conference on equal rights for women, U.S. officials are trying to force the subject of abortion. The L.A. Times reports that the issue isn't even on the agenda, but the State Department is concerned that documents ratified 10 years ago imply the right to terminate a pregnancy. They're also throwing in some ideas for a worldwide ban on prostitution and having fun with the definition of international consensus. Explains a deputy assistant secretary of State:
"The United States is looking for concrete recognition that those documents from 10 years ago do not create new human rights with the weight of a treaty or a right to an abortion. The U.S. believes that there is international consensus on that."
But Monday evening, only Egypt and Qatar supported the U.S. position.