United Nations Commission on Population and Development Hears Pro-Life Presentation
by Raimundo Rojas
April 14, 2010
LifeNews.com Note: Raimundo Rojas is the long-time director of Hispanic outreach for the National Right to Life Committee. He is a former president of Florida Right to Life and has presented the pro-life message to millions in Spanish-language media outlets.
Jeanne E. Head, R.N., United Nations Representative for the National Right to Life gave an impassioned speech this morning at the 43rd Session of the Commission on Population and Development being held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
In her opening remarks, Ms. Head intoned the message all pro-life NGOs here at the United Nations hope to impart on the delegations of the world.
We are dedicated to the protection of all innocent human life from conception to natural death. We see a womans life as a continuum deserving compassionate protections and support, beginning at her conception and proceeding throughout her entire life cycle.
She continued by taking exception to the World Health Organizations long term claims that there has not been a significant decrease in maternal mortality since the Cairo Conference on Population and Development from 1994. Ms. Head states:
The world has failed to reach these goals because the resources were directed toward decreasing the number of children women deliver, rather than making the delivery of their children safe, and has failed to properly direct resources to save womens lives. I have grave concerns about the false and dangerous claims that the way to reduce maternal mortality in the developing world is to legalize abortion. I can assert without any equivocation that it is never necessary to directly attack and kill the unborn child to save the life or protect the health of the mother.
Jeanne also underscored the fact that liberalized abortion laws do not lower maternal mortality by making strong comparisons between countries who have protective laws and those who allow abortion on demand.
Comparison made between nations that have strong abortion restrictions, such as Ireland and Poland, and nations that permit abortion on demand, such as Russia and the United States, demonstrates that nations with strong abortion restrictions actually have lower maternal death rates than countries that permit abortion on demand.
She reminded the delegates that previous United Nations documents have rejected abortion as a fundamental right or as a method of family planning by the International Commission on Population and Development.
In no case should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning.
She closed her comments by calling attention to what the women of the world truly need.
Women in many parts of the world need clean water, nutrition, and health care for themselves and their families not the right to violently destroy their children before they are born.
Negotiations on the 43rd Commission on Population and Development will continue throughout the week.
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