by Steven Ertelt
September 10, 2006
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — A leading United Nations official criticized the international body last week at a meeting saying that it deviates too often from the text of treaties and resolutions to pressure pro-life nations to legalize abortion.
Dr. Krisztina Morvai of Hungary said there is an inconsistency in the monitoring process the UN uses to check on countries following through on treaties they have adopted at the international level.
Morvai, who has been a member of the CEDAW committee since 2002, made the comments at a UN delegate luncheon sponsored by Focus on the Family. Dr. Susan Yoshihara, executive vice president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute read a statement on her behalf, according to the group’s Friday Fax.
“What about, for example, ‘women’s right to abortion’ which is not mentioned in the [CEDAW] Convention?," Morvai asked.
"Did State Parties give the authority to the Committee that monitors the enforcement of the Treaty to declare or to create such a right through interpretation? Or did States Parties keep the right to legislate in fields that are not covered by the Convention for themselves, for their own societies," she wondered.
According to the Friday Fax, Morvai called for an overhaul of the UN committee system.
“The present ‘pro-choice rhetoric’ and practice of most UN bodies, including the treaty monitoring bodies – in areas such as abortion, contraception and sex education for adolescent girls, and prostitution as sex work – should be re-evaluated," she explained.
"The international community should ensure that UN Human Rights Treaties are not used to put pressure on States to introduce value systems, policies and practices that are not only alien to them, but also harmful to women and girls," Morvai added.
During the meeting, according to CFAM, representatives of Peru and Poland noted pressure UN committees placed on their nations to back abortion.
Konrad Szymanski, a Polish Member of the European Parliament, said the UN went so far as to support a measure in the Polish parliament to make abortion legal. According to the Friday Fax, he said UN committees had backed abortion on 56 occasions in regard to 44 different nations.
“This situation exists despite the fact that access to abortion, and other issues included in the committees’ recommendations, such as access to sexual education and contraceptives, is not part of any treaty entered into with the UN system," he said.
In once instance, the United Nations Human Rights Committee placed Malta and other pro-life nations on a "hit list" of countries that would be subjected to intense lobbying to alter their abortion statutes.
In December 2004, the nation’s Catholic bishops condemned a United Nation’s campaign pushing the pro-life country to overturn its pro-life laws.
Maltese bishops criticized a document released by a UN committee urging the nation to consider allowing abortions in cases of rape or incest or supposedly to protect the health of the mother.
In October 2004, UNICEF officials wrote members of the New Zealand parliament telling them to oppose efforts to require abortion business to tell parents when their teenage daughters are considering an abortion.
Meanwhile, the UNFPA has long been complicit in China’s family planning program that involves forced abortions and sterilization and harassment of offenders and family members.