Controversial Pro-Abortion Human Rights Chief Leaves United Nations Post

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 5, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Controversial Pro-Abortion Human Rights Chief Leaves United Nations Post

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 5
, 2008

New York, NY ( — The United Nations has become more of problem for pro-life countries that want to keep abortions illegal. Thankfully, one of the top UN officials who warped the international agency’s mission by making it focus more on promoting abortion is stepping down, and pro-life advocates say that’s good news.

Samantha Singson, writing for the Friday Fax publication put out by the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, says outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour delivered her last speech to the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva this week.

"She not only praised recent changes that have enabled United Nations (UN) human rights monitors to more closely scrutinize sovereign states, but also called for new mechanisms further strengthening a system often used to promote abortion," Singson writes.

Singson says Arbour, during her stint as High Commissioner, "retooled" the focus of human rights treaty monitoring bodies.

"In the four years since Arbour took the helm, each of the treaty bodies responsible for monitoring state compliance with their obligations under various human rights treaties has become increasingly critical of laws restricting abortion," Singson writes.

In May 2006, Arbour came under fire for saying women who have been victimized in the difficult and brutal conflict in Darfur, Sudan should be given abortions.

Louise Arbour, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, told Reuters, "The situation (in Darfur) is poor, bad and very alarming and what is particularly sad is to see no progress and a deterioration of the situation."

But instead of increased security, increasing humanitarian aid, peace deals to stop the conflict or moving refugees to other areas, Arbour said abortion is the solution.

Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, tells this is another case where abortion advocates are out of touch with the needs of women.

"These poor women have already been viciously violated. Yet political agitators are using refugee women as props to push a second violation – abortion – upon them," she said.

Wright explained that abortion is already unsafe for women in industrialized nations and would be much less safe for women in these more remote regions of the world.

"Women in refugee camps will not have access to even basic health care to treat normal abortion complications," she told

She said abortion advocates should be ashamed that they are "using the desperate situation in Sudan, which has riveted the world’s attention, to hijack for their own callous purposes."