Obama Administration Promotes Pro-Abortion Agenda at UN Women’s Meeting

International   Steven Ertelt   Mar 11, 2009   |   9:00AM    WASHINGTON, DC

Obama Administration Promotes Pro-Abortion Agenda at UN Women’s Meeting

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 11
, 2009

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — The administration of President Barack Obama is pushing his pro-abortion agenda further and has joined forces with pro-abortion groups at the United Nations.

At the Commission on the Status of Women meeting at UN headquarters, Obama representatives are pushing language that can eventually be used to promote an international right to abortion.

Pat Buckley, who has been lobbying in New York on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, a British pro-life group, says the commission is meeting to determine how best to address women’s issues.

The draft document the panel is considering has a focus on HIV and AIDS but is currently under negotiations until the end of this week.

Buckley tells LifeNews.com, "The new US administration is working to introduce pro-abortion language into the document."

"The US, under its new pro-abortion president, is calling for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, which is likely to be interpreted to include abortion on demand," Buckley explains.

"In addition, the US is also calling for a review of all national laws to ensure they comply with international human rights instruments, a process that could be misused by extreme pro-abortion campaigners to force countries to remove restrictions on abortion," he worries.

"The world needs to know just how extreme are the pro-abortion campaigners lobbying at the UN this week," Buckley adds. "They are demanding a universal right to kill innocent children in the womb."

Amy DeRosa, of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, a pro-life group that also lobbies at the UN, predicted a battle over abortion at the Commission meeting.

"The annual CSW meetings routinely see efforts to incorporate terms such as ‘sexual and reproductive health services’ — recognized as a euphemism for abortion — in the concluding outcome document," she wrote in an article LifeNews.com carried.

"Though this year’s theme focuses on HIV/AIDS, it is anticipated that abortion language will be offered under the guise of promoting ‘comprehensive prevention’ programs and health services," DeRosa added.

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, also cautioned that “with the new US administration, radicals at the UN will be even more aggressive in attacking parental rights and pushing abortion-on-demand globally.”

As in past years, Scandinavian countries helped take the lead in pushing the language that could be used to promote abortion. This year, the governments of Norway and Sweden, as well as the pro-abortion United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), are sponsoring panels on various aspects of “sexual and reproductive health.”

The Obama administration’s promotion of abortion at the Commission meeting follows on the heels of his announcement of the creation of a new foreign policy position to focus on women’s issues and naming abortion advocate Melanne Verveer to head it.

Verveer, an abortion advocate who served as chief of staff to former First Lady Hillary Clinton, will become an Ambassador-at-Large. Her role as the new Obama ambassador to women abroad? Promote abortion and overturn pro-life laws in nations across the world.

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