Meryl Streep speaks during a news conferenece with the women's rights group Equality Now at the United Nations headquarters Wednesday, March 2, 2005. The group is pushing for more countries to revoke laws that they say insitutionalizes discrimination agai
UNITED NATIONS Mar 4, 2005 â€” Facing overwhelming opposition, the United States on Friday abandoned attempts to amend a declaration reaffirming the blueprint to achieve equality for women, saying it was satisfied the document did not guarantee the right to abortion.
Hours after the United States backed down, the 45-member U.N. Commission on the Status of Women unanimously adopted the declaration endorsing the platform for action adopted at the 1995 U.N. women's conference in Beijing.
The U.S. attempt to amend the declaration has taken the spotlight at the two-week review meeting, angering many governments and some 6,000 representatives of women's and human rights organizations. They had hoped to focus on obstacles to women's equality in the economy, the family, education and political life not on the abortion issue....