United Nations Human Rights Cmte Continues Pressuring Poland on Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
April 27, 2008
Geneva, Switzerland (LifeNews.com) — A United Nations human rights committee continues to pressure Poland to promote abortion. According to a report from the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, the UN Human Rights Council pressured the Polish government during a meeting last week.
As C-FAM’s Maciej Golubiewski wrote in the group’s Friday Fax publication, the grilling came during something called the Universal Periodic Review.
That’s a process mandated by the UN General Assembly.
"At the meeting on April 14th, the Polish delegation was questioned by various members of the committee about Poland’s human rights record," Golubiewski wrote.
During the meeting, a Norway UN representative said Poland should "facilitate access to abortion for women who qualify for this under Polish law."
Golubiewski indicates the Polish government told the UN committee that medical centers that don’t do abortions in the rare cases under which they are legal must contract with those that do in order to satisfy the exception under the nation’s abortion ban.
According to C-FAM, Pawel Wosicki, a president of the Polish Confederation of Pro-Life Movements, and one of the NGO delegates to the review, said "the pro-abortion lobby has not succeeded in using the UPR process to promote abortion in Poland."
The pro-life Catholic group indicated that the Universal Periodic Review was established by the United Nations’ General Assembly in March 2005.
The resolution calls on the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) to "undertake a universal periodic review of the fulfillment by each State of its human rights obligations and commitments ."
The HRC started the review process in April 2008 and plans to finish reviewing 192 UN member states by 2011, C-FAM noted.
Each country prepares a report based on general guidelines established by the HRC, which is then reviewed by three national delegations appointed by the HRC. Other delegations are allowed to ask questions and suggest recommendations.