A Catholic Church leader urged the United Nations on Monday to recognize that the right to life is the most fundamental of all human rights.
Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States addressed the UN in New York with a strong message about religious liberty and the right to life for all human beings, from conception to natural death, Breitbart reports.
“Putting people always first means protecting, at every stage and in every circumstance, the dignity of the person, and its human rights and fundamental freedoms,” Gallagher said, “and in a specific way, the rights to life and to freedom of religion from which all other rights flow and which are therefore the common foundation of the pillars of peace and security and integral human development.”
Gallagher emphasized how fundamental these two rights are to everything else in society.
“These two human rights are indivisible from those other rights and fundamental freedoms relating to a dignified spiritual, material and intellectual life for each citizen and for their families – among others, the right to food, the right to water, the right for housing, the right to a safe environment and the right to work,” he said.
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The Vatican’s insistence on the primary importance of the right to life and the right to religious freedom comes just as news is spreading of grave violations of these very rights.
As Breitbart News reported Tuesday, China is tightening its control over religious organizations in the country, as President Xi Jinping moves toward a situation of “total religious control.”
Church officials fear that new norms regulating religious activities, set to go into effect on Feb 1, 2018, will be used to “further suppress religious activities” rather than pursuing their stated aim of protecting national security.
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At the same time, abortion giant Planned Parenthood continues to combat all restrictions on the abortion industry, including laws that would ban sex-selective abortions and those aimed at eliminating children with Down syndrome.
The United Nations frequently pushes a pro-abortion agenda across the world. However, vocal advocates from pro-life countries, religious groups and others have been standing up to the international agency and demanding that it recognize every human being’s rights.