“The global abortion lobby has been starved for victories for quite some time. Even so, they made some advances this past year.” That is the analysis of C-FAM, the Catholic pro-life group that monitors abortion on an international level.
Stefano Gennarini, J.D. writes today about four ways in which the UN, UNICEF and their pro-abortion allies pushed abortion globally this year:
Abortion groups highly anticipate this global conference on women’s health. This year it featured clandestine abortionists, late term abortionists and pro-infanticide philosopher Peter Singer in a program that equated women’s health with contraception and abortion, but ignored some of the most basic needs of women. C-FAM staff attended Women Deliver exposing efforts to make abortion available where it is illegal using misoprostol, a drug that — even advocates admit — is more effective as an abortifacient than its stated purpose of stopping hemorrhaging. Melinda Gates was at the conference to promote the Gates Foundation family planning initiative, which supposedly had nothing to do with abortion. C-FAM has analyzed the premises of these policies.
2. Abortion Groups Keep Population Control on the UN Agenda
As nations perform a 20-year review of population policies that include family planning and abortion, the agency in charge of the review has put abortion groups at the helm. They want countries to spend more money on policies that have an overall effect of reducing populations. Governments spent $60 billion last year on population policies that originated at the 1994 Cairo Conference on Population and Development. Recipients of that money include the United Nations Population Fund, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, Ipas, and groups that promote abortion, contraception and sterilization as a panacea for the world’s problems.
4. UNICEF Claims Children Have Right to Confidential Abortion
The UN children’s agency (UNICEF) called on countries to recognize a right of children to confidential sexual and reproductive health services and information. They followed the lead of UN “experts” that monitor the Convention on the Rights of the Child. They say children must have confidential access to “safe abortion” and the morning after pill among other things. Though countries may ignore experts, they must pay attention to UN agencies and programs because they provide money and other forms of aid. Unfortunately, UNICEF has joined the ranks of those who hold sexual autonomy as the highest human rights norm.
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5. UN Committee Says Abortion is a Right in Situations of War
The global abortion lobby’s latest effort is to manufacture a right to abortion for women who are victims of rape in situations of war. They were at UN headquarters during the annual Commission on the Status of Women in the Spring and again in the Summer to lobby the UN Security Council, albeit without success. The UN committee that monitors the UN’s women’s treaty gave abortion groups a lifeline when it issued a recommendation that abortion is a right in situations of conflict. The committee’s opinions have no real authority, but abortion groups and UN staff will tout them as authoritative to pressure governments to change their laws.