Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, told a leading social conservative organization that “some of the worst abuses of the UN system have taken place on issues like right-to-life, protection of the family, and protection of religious freedom.”
Bolton was guest of honor at a Wednesday night dinner in New York City held by the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Arizona-based legal advocacy group behind the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court victory over ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, plus numerous rulings against Planned Parenthood and the ACLU on abortion, same-sex marriage and religious liberty issues.
Speaking with little, if any, prepared text, Bolton dove straight into the issue of abortion, which he said “has emerged in so many different fields at the UN, where buzz phrases, catchwords are developed.”
One such phrase, Bolton said, is “reproductive rights” or “reproductive health.” He asked, “in the abstract, how bad does that sound?” But then added, “we know that that’s a codeword for abortion. That’s what that’s about. So when it comes up it may sound like you’re quibbling over semantics, but obviously you’re not. And where the danger, I think, multiplies in the UN system, in this huge, sprawling organization that does so much” is in a strange phenomenon Bolton said he had seen “over and over again.”