Backers of Pro-Abortion UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Pushing Treaty

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 4, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Backers of Pro-Abortion UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Pushing Treaty

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 4
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Backers of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a United Nations treaty, are pushing Congress to ratify the document during the Obama administration. Although the treaty contains some language supporting unborn children, it has been used to push abortion on an international scale.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child "recognizes that a child needs appropriate legal protection before, as well as after birth."

At the same time it "doesn’t recognize a child’s right to be born," says Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council.

Yet, Austin Ruse, the president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, a pro-life organization that lobbies at the United Nations, says the treaty "has been used by UN Committees, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations to promote abortion."

The Center for Reproductive Rights, a pro-abortion legal group in New York, has used the treaty in legal papers in the Philippines to say the Asian nation is required to provide contraception under its international legal obligations.

"CRR’s international law argument relies almost exclusively on the non-binding interpretations of the treaty monitoring bodies, which have routinely overstepped their mandates by criticizing sovereign states on their abortion laws and reproductive health programs," Ruse’s group says.

That isn’t stopping Meg Gardinier, chairwoman of a national coalition backing the treaty, from pushing Congress to ratify it during the Obama administration.

“No U.N. treaty will ever usurp the national sovereignty of this country,” she told AP in response to criticism of the treaty. “Ratification would boost our credibility globally.”

Opponents of the treaty are ready to fight back and pro-life Rep. Pete Hoekstra and pro-life Sen. Jim DeMint, both Republicans, have filed a parental rights amendment that would defend against some of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“We better lay the groundwork,” Hoekstra told AP. “The last thing you want to be is unprepared if something pops up on the radar screen.”

He is concerned that the Senate will have the votes to approve the treaty despite opposition saying it would potentially overturn parental involvement laws across the country.

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