United Nations to Consider Accrediting Pro-Abortion Mexican Anti-Catholic Group

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 23, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

United Nations to Consider Accrediting Pro-Abortion Mexican Anti-Catholic Group

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 23
, 2009

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — The United Nations is considering approving an application from a pro-abortion "Catholic" group that wants to be able to lobby there. The committee responsible for vetting applications of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for official status began its latest session this week.

When it meets, Samantha Singson of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, a pro-life NGO that monitors the UN, says it will consider the Mexican affiliate of Catholics for Choice.

That’s the abortion advocacy organization that has worked overtime to try to strip The Vatican of its status as a member of the United Nations with observer status.

According to an article Singson penned for the group’s Friday Fax publication, the pro-abortion group worked to legalize abortions in Mexico City.

"Established in 1994, Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir (CDD) was one of the lead advocates for liberalizing Mexico City’s abortion law," she writes.

When Mexico City’s legislative assembly legalized abortions (they are still illegal in the rest of the country) Singson says director María Consuelo Mejía applauded the move.

"The main ‘Catholics’ for Choice web site describes its Mexican counterpart as an organization which offers ‘liberating’ Catholic positions on sexuality and ‘reproductive health,’" Singson explains. "CFC praises its sister organization’s work in Mexico on the abortion and contraception issue since it ‘reflects the diversity of perspectives that exist within Catholicism, especially on the topics of reproductive rights, sexuality, and women’s roles."

"If approved for NGO status, critics anticipate that CDD will bring the same kind of abortion advocacy and criticism of the Holy See to the UN," Singson writes in the Friday Fax.

She says “Catholics” for Choice has been a UN accredited NGO since 1998 and made a name for itself by breaking the longstanding UN protocol which prohibits NGOs from attacking individual UN member states.

CFC launched the unsuccessful “See Change” campaign which called for the Holy See’s UN status to be downgraded from that of a non-member State with Permanent Observer Status to that of a non-governmental organization.

Singson describes the process the UN uses to approve new NGOs.

"The 19-member NGO committee is a subcommittee of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of five principal organs of the UN which approves and governs participation of all UN NGOs," she writes. "The NGO Committee uses various criteria to recommend official status."

"Official UN recognition of an NGO allows the group to gain access to UN property and to participate in UN negotiations. UN NGOs range widely from service groups like the Red Cross that carry out UN programs to policy groups like the Center for Reproductive Rights that lobby the UN on particular issues."

Related web sites:
Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute – https://www.c-fam.org

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