U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in GenevaNominated by Trump: Sept. 28, 2018
Who is Andrew Bremberg?
Andrew Bremberg served as America's representative to the UN and other international organizations that meet in Geneva. That means he was in charge of advancing the Trump administration’s agenda on the world’s biggest challenges — including global health, human rights, refugee crises, and the environment — with over 100 international organizations. But Bremberg had no diplomatic nor international affairs experience, and he held no foreign policy expertise before coming into the role. What Bremberg DID have was a record of restricting the human rights of women, girls, LGBTQ+ people, and immigrants. When asked if survivors of sexual violence should have access to abortion, Bremberg stated unequivocally that he did not believe abortion should ever be permitted.
“I don't believe abortion is a moral solution to any problem... [I believe] human life begins at conception.”
What Andrew Bremberg Controlled
U.S. Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva
The U.S. Mission in Geneva, Switzerland is the U.N.’s second-most important base after New York. Geneva is the home of the Human Rights Council, the World Health Organization, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and other large entities. The U.S. withdrew from the Human Rights Council in 2018 under then-U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley’s leadership.
Background on Andrew Bremberg
Andrew Bremberg played a key role in drafting and rolling out an expanded version of the deadly global gag rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy. The global gag rule put anti-abortion restrictions on billions in U.S. health aid — making safe, legal abortion and other health care harder to access for millions of women and girls around the world.The Independent
In Liberia, Sudan, the Congo, and other areas of armed conflict, soldiers and rebels use rape as a weapon of war to terrorize and control people. But Andrew Bremberg said rape survivors shouldn’t be allowed to access safe abortion — even if abortion is legal in their country, and even if the pregnancy is the result of a war crime. Bremberg pledged to vote against any U.N. resolution that includes the right to access abortion for survivors of sexual violence.The Hill
Andrew Bremberg hired and helped to protect Scott Lloyd, who used to lead the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Scott Lloyd personally attempted to block young immigrant women from accessing safe, legal abortion.Politico
Trump’s nomination of Andrew Bremberg prompted protests from groups around the world. Planned Parenthood and Human Rights Watch, which exposes human rights abuses, and dozens of other organizations called on the Senate to reject the nomination because Bremberg was such a threat to human rights and health care access worldwide.Human Rights Watch
When the global gag rule was in place prior to the Trump administration, it dismantled health services in struggling communities; closed clinics for reproductive, maternal, and child health care; eliminated outreach to rural populations; harmed HIV prevention and treatment efforts; and limited access to birth control, resulting in more unintended pregnancies and more unsafe abortions. Dismissing these known consequences, Andrew Bremberg used lies and inflammatory rhetoric from anti-abortion extremist groups to defend the global gag rule — saying its purpose was to oppose “collusion with the global abortion industry.”The Guardian
Andrew Bremberg previously served at the White House as a special assistant (aka personal advisor) to the president and as the director of the Domestic Policy Council (DPC). The DPC is the president’s No. 1 resource for advice on U.S. health care and other national policy matters. As DPC director, Bremberg helped carry out the Trump administration’s deregulation agenda, guiding the failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.The Hill
When Andrew Bremberg directed policy for the Republican National Committee (RNC)’s 2016 Party Platform Committee, he helped set anti-LGBTQ and anti-reproductive health positions for the Republican Party. Under Bremberg’s watch, the RNC approved a platform that officially promoted so-called conversion therapy, “defunding” Planned Parenthood, and religious refusal policies that let health care providers turn away patients. The 2016 Republican Party Platform also opposed marriage equality, as well as transgender Americans’ rights to serve in the military and use their appropriate bathroom.Planned Parenthood Blog
Reproductive rights groups and lawmakers decried the Senate's decision to confirm Bremberg. That includes Giselle Carino, CEO and regional director for the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, who said: “Every day around the globe, the reproductive health of millions of women and girls, the LGBTQ community and immigrants are at risk or being denied entirely. Andrew Bremberg’s confirmation to this critical position will only continue the cycle of targeted attacks and discrimination against these vulnerable communities."Rewire