UN continues to push abortion.
New York -- The United Nations is at it again. In July 2000, the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC UNHRC United Nations Human Rights Commission ) expressed concern over Ireland's "restrictive" abortion legislation, and in July 2001 the committee urged Guatemala to loosen its abortion law. In March 2004, the committee told Colombia that denying abortion in rape cases was an "outrage." In our April 2004 issue (p.28), Catholic Insight reported that this notorious UN committee, with Canada predictably playing a prominent role, was aggressively pushing a resolution to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was adopted without dissent but with eight abstentions. to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Fortunately, pressure from the Islamic Conference and its allies forced the UNHRC to postpone its vote. Then, in early November 2004, the same committee urged overwhelmingly-Muslim Morocco to decriminalize de·crim·i·nal·ize
tr.v. de·crim·i·nal·ized, de·crim·i·nal·iz·ing, de·crim·i·nal·iz·es
To reduce or abolish criminal penalties for: decriminalize the use of marijuana. abortion.
Now the UN is meddling med·dle
intr.v. med·dled, med·dling, med·dles
1. To intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere. See Synonyms at interfere.
2. To handle something idly or ignorantly; tamper. in the internal pro-life, pro-family affairs of Poland, Malta, and Costa Rica, three overwhelmingly Catholic nations. They are being told (i.e. lied to) that abortion is a human right according to international law. In fact, nowhere is this preposterous claim written in law.
Poland -- The UNHRC, having concluded a review of Poland's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is a United Nations treaty based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, created in 1966 and entered into force on 23 March 1976. (ICCPR ICCPR International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ), is demanding that Poland liberalize lib·er·al·ize
v. lib·er·al·ized, lib·er·al·iz·ing, lib·er·al·iz·es
To make liberal or more liberal: "Our standards of private conduct have been greatly liberalized . . . its abortion law and implement sex-ed, contraception, and gay rights programs (lifesitenews.com). The report says that Poland's Ministry of Education "should ensure that schools include accurate and objective sexual education in their curricula" and, lest the question of homosexuality be overlooked, the report claims that "discriminatory acts and attitudes against persons on the ground of sexual orientation are not adequately investigated and punished."
The UN report has been released just as the Polish government prepares to consider draft legislation that would loosen current restrictions on abortion. Catholic bishops and pro-lifers in general in Poland are afraid that the report will influence the government's deliberations in a negative manner, while pro-abortion groups funded by the International Planned Parenthood Federation The International Planned Parenthood Federation is a global non-governmental organization with the broad aims of promoting sexual and reproductive health, and advocating the right of individuals to make their own choices in family planning. are releasing grossly inflated figures on the supposed number of annual illegal abortions, in order to advocate for "safe", legal abortions.
Malta -- In Malta it is a different agency which is applying pressure, namely the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. It wants Catholic Malta to legalize abortion in certain circumstances. The Catholic bishops, on the other hand, are urging the Maltese to remain steadfast in their appreciation and defence of human life from conception onwards and refuse all exceptions.
Costa Rica -- In the year 2000, Costa Rica's Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court issued its landmark pro-life ruling that "the human embryo is a person from the moment of conception, ... not an object." Now enters the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR CRR Cash Reserve Ratio
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CRR Center for Reproductive Rights
CRR Certified Realtime Reporter ), the most active pro-abortion litigant litigant n. any party to a lawsuit. This means plaintiff, defendant, petitioner, respondent, cross-complainant, and cross-defendant, but not a witness or attorney.
LITIGANT. One engaged in a suit; one fond of litigation. in the U.S., and a major global pro-abortion force. It is a U.N.-funded group which now attacks Costa Rica for banning in-vitro fertilization. The CRR is attacking the tiny nation before an international human rights commission, arguing that "the right to life is relative and ... it is subject to limitations when it is opposed to the protection of other fundamental rights."
Note: Catholics should ask the Bishops' Conference to send public statements of solidarity to these countries: they should write to External Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew, to stop supporting these efforts; and send copies of their letters to their local MP, and newspapers.