by Steven Ertelt
October 12, 2006
London, England (LifeNews.com) — One of the leading pro-life organizations in England is calling on the United Nations to prohibit abortions worldwide. The group says the UN, which has called on nations to curb violence against children, should include protecting unborn children from the violence of abortion in that action alert.
Responding to the Wednesday publication of the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence Against Children, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children called for the abortion ban.
"We are deeply saddened by the report’s findings. Abuse of children seems to be widespread, and a lot of that abuse is hidden," John Smeaton, SPUC’s national director, said in a press release LifeNews.com obtained.
"Today’s UN report urges the prohibition of all violence against children," he added. "We urge the UN to include a worldwide prohibition of abortion, the greatest of all violence against young, defenseless human beings."
"The gravest abuse of children is to deprive them of life before they are even born," Smeaton explained.
"Abortion is also often hidden from the public eye or forgotten about. Tragically, this UN study makes no reference the tens of millions of babies unjustly killed every year in countries throughout the world," Smeaton said.
Smeaton said the United Nations in its previous conventions has supported good medical care for children both before and after they are born. He sees the promotion of good medical care and the reluctance to condemn abortion as a contradiction.
He indicated he and other pro-life groups are hoping the numerous pro-life nations across the world that prohibit all or most abortions will join together to press for protecting unborn children in future UN documents.
"SPUC and its pro-life partners are petitioning the UN general assembly in support of unborn childrens’ rights," Smeaton said.
He also said countries that allow legalized abortion should review their policies and wants them to take seriously the statement in the Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the subsequent Convention on the Rights of the Child about providing care for children both before and after birth.
"We call on those nations which currently have in place legislation which permits abortion to review their policies as a matter of urgency," he said.
Smeaton’s group launched the new effort in Geneva, which includes a petition to the UN General Assembly. It can be found at their new web site https://www.amnestyforbabies.com