In big and small ways, United Nations officials have been trying to push the legalization of abortion world-wide for decades.
Though pro-life nations and groups have succeeded in resisted the pressure, UN leaders have not given up their pro-death agenda. In the latest attempt, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon included abortion in his plan to address the global humanitarian crisis, according to the Center for Family and Human Rights, or C-Fam.
Ki-moon’s report “One Humanity: Shared Responsibility” urges countries to give women the “right” to abortion as part of their larger humanitarian objectives, according to the report.
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In the report, alongside well established humanitarian responses, he urges that “priority” be given to “providing women and adolescents with comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services without discrimination,” a phrase understood by Ban Ki-moon’s staff and some UN member states to include abortion.
The Secretary General has been at the forefront of including abortion in humanitarian efforts, and has gone as far as claiming that providing abortion is an obligation under humanitarian law and the laws of war. In doing so, he is pushing the boundaries of what UN member states consider acceptable.
C-FAM said UN member states likely will object to Ki-moon’s abortion agenda; they rejected similar language last year in a debate about global humanitarian goals. If pushed through, Ki-moon’s abortion agenda would put countries that oppose abortion at a disadvantage in the UN, according to the group.
Most recently, the UN also began pressuring countries in South America to legalize abortion as they work to curb the spread of the Zika virus, LifeNews reported.
With the spread of the virus, some countries have noticed a huge increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly, a neurological disorder where a baby’s head is significantly smaller and the brain is abnormally developed, according to the Mayo Clinic. Because of the potential link between Zika and microcephaly, some countries are advising women to avoid getting pregnant.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad AL Hussein urged Latin American governments to increase access to “reproductive health services,” including abortion, CNS News reports.
“In Zika-affected countries that have restrictive laws governing women’s reproductive rights, the situation facing women and girls is particularly stark on a number of levels,” he said. “Laws and policies that restrict her access to these services must be urgently reviewed in line with human rights obligations in order to ensure the right to health for all in practice.”
Unfortunately, the UN official did not mention the human rights of unborn babies, which currently are recognized in most South American countries.
In December 2015, the UN Human Rights Committee also punished the pro-life nation of Peru because it did not allow a woman to abort her disabled unborn baby. The UN committee declared abortion a “human right” in the woman’s case and said the country was wrong to deny her an abortion, LifeNews previously reported.
Thirty pro-life groups are pleading with the UN committee to reverse the language and not declare abortion a human right.