Far-left activists are targeting a Christian representing the Trump administration in a U.N. delegation for her past advocacy against the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom mandate and for reportedly saying the United States is “pro-life.”
Bethany Kozma, who was appointed by President Trump to be the senior adviser to the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at USAID, is being targeted by left-wing activists for reportedly saying in a closed-door meeting at the U.N. that the U.S. is a “pro-life nation,” and for previously speaking out against gender identity policy in public schools. Kozma formerly served in the Department of Homeland Security and in the White House under former President George W. Bush.
Kozma is said to have made the statement while nations were negotiating the final draft of a document at the annual women’s rights conference, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, in New York. The CSW is the largest global gathering on women’s rights and gender equality and is attended by 45-member states and leaders from thousands of civil society groups from around the world.
Others maintain that during the meeting Kozma noted that the current Administration is pro-life, which is accurate. The Trump administration has publicly adopted a pro-life stance in its international relations, reinstating and expanding the Mexico City policy shortly after taking office, which restricts federal funding from going to organizations that advocate, promote or perform abortions overseas.
OutRight Action International, an international LGBT activist groups, issued a statement this week demanding that Kozma to be removed from the delegation, calling he an “anti-trans activist who has collaborated with the Family Research Council,” which it claims is a “registered hate group.”
Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International, told The Independent Thursday that it “comes as little surprise that [Kozma] is mischaracterizing the status of abortion for Americans, which is most certainly legal.” They also claimed that she is a “disrupter, plain and simple, with a long history of opposing women’s rights and gender justice … and seems to reserve a special hatred for transgender children.”
In the past, Kozma wrote pieces for the Daily Signal expressing her opposition to the Obama administration’s 2016 “Dear Colleague” letter that threatened to withhold federal funds from public schools that didn’t open girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers to boys who identify as female, and vice versa. She has also publicly spoken out against such measures in Fairfax County, Virginia, at school board meetings.
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Source: Christian Post