by Steven Ertelt
October 4, 2006
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — A leading Vatican spokesman gave a speech Monday reminding members of the United Nations the reproductive health for women should not include promoting abortion. The speech comes after pro-life advocates were able to keep abortion out of a key UN document that is still under consideration.
Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Catholic Church’s UN representative addressed the UN General Assembly and told it that it should not consider “access to reproductive health” as a tool to promote abortions.
Migliore reminded the assembly of how previous UN documents have not included the notion and said that previous UN documents “sought to balance strongly held views,” and that it is therefore imperative to “ensure that respect for this delicate balance be maintained.”
According to a Catholic News Service report, he said many UN delegations considered language "ensuring access to reproductive health by 2015," to mean "achieving the target of reducing maternal mortality rather than being a target in and of itself.”
In August, a UN committee adopted a treaty concerning disabled people and pro-life advocates say they were able to mitigate many of the concerns that the treaty would promote abortion or deny the disabled appropriate medical care.
The treaty still awaits a full vote by the UN General Assembly.
Pro-life nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) had a "significant impact" on the UN Disabilities Convention, National Right to Life representative Jeanne Head told LifeNews.com.
In the final document, language appeared reaffirming the inherent right to life of every human being and calling on nations to ensure the rights of the disabled are protected.
Much of the debate had to do with the term "reproductive health" which the United States and other nations worried could lead to promoting abortion.
But Head told LifeNews.com that, even though the phrase has not appeared in other UN treaties, "delegates from pro-life nations accepted the term because they were assured that this term does not include a right to abortion."
Head indicated that, during the debate, the chairman and the delegates of "numerous" countries said the term does not include abortion. No delegate indicated that promoting abortion was in intention of promoting women’s reproductive health.
Related web sites:
National Right to Life – https://www.nrlc.org