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“This is the first time the term ‘sexual and reproductive health’ appeared in any UN treaty and yet it was left undefined,” Yoshihara told the committee on Nov. 5. “Twenty-three nations opposed the term, and opposition remained throughout the negotiations.”

At Thursday's hearing lawmakers spent a lot of time talking about “RUDs”—Reservations, Understandings, and Declarations—that could protect the U.S. from points of the treaty on which it wished to abstain. Yoshihara said it was telling that not even Kerry could explain how RUDs can be reversed, and she said there is U.S. Supreme Court precedent indicating RUDs are ineffective.

Senate ratification of a treaty requires a two-thirds majority vote. Even if all Democrats vote in favor of the treaty as they did last year, advocates will still need about a dozen Republican votes. Some moderates such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have already voiced support for the agreement.

J.C. Derrick
J.C. Derrick

J.C. is a reporter in WORLD's Washington Bureau. He spent 10 years covering sports, higher education, and politics for the Longview News-Journal and other newspapers in Texas before joining WORLD in 2012. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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