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US drops anti-abortion stance at UN women's conference

[JURIST] US officials announced Wednesday they will no longer require a new UN declaration on women's issues to take an anti-abortion position. The current meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women [meeting website], held to review progress on women's rights and circumstances ten years after the landmark the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women [official website], was thrown into chaos [JURIST report] when the Bush administration demanded that the final draft document include an anti-abortion statement. The US now says it prefers leaving abortion rights up to individual countries. Reuters has more.

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