The United Nations received more push-back Tuesday against its global pro-abortion agenda.
During a UN General Assembly session in New York City, Vatican official Archbishop Gabriele Caccia criticized the international organization for advocating for the killing of the most vulnerable through abortion and euthanasia, the Catholic News Agency reports.
The archbishop said the UN is reinterpreting “the very foundations of human rights” and putting the weakest members of society at greater risk.
“This approach creates a hierarchy of human rights by relativizing human dignity and assigning more value and additional rights to the strong and healthy, while discarding the weak,” said Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN.
Contrary to what some UN leaders claim, abortion and euthanasia are not rights, Caccia said.
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“Just as there is no right to abortion, there is also no right to euthanasia: ‘laws exist, not to cause death, but to protect life and to facilitate co-existence among human beings,’” he said.
“This failure to understand the nature and reality of human rights leads to grave inequalities and injustices, such as ignoring children in the womb and treating the lives of the elderly and persons with disabilities as insupportable burdens on society,” the archbishop continued.
Last week, Pope Francis also urged the United Nations to recognize the right to life for every human being from conception to natural death in his new encyclical, “Fratelli tutti,” according to the report. And in a September statement to the UN General Assembly, he criticized “some countries and international institutions” for promoting the killing of unborn babies in abortions, the report states.
President Donald Trump’s administration also has been pushing back against the pro-abortion agenda at the UN. In September, United States and Vatican representatives criticized the inclusion of language promoting “sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights,” including abortions, in a UN COVID-19 response resolution.
“My administration is advancing religious liberty, opportunity for women, the decriminalization of homosexuality, combating human trafficking, and protecting unborn children,” Trump told the UN General Assembly in September. “America will always be a leader in human rights.”
In August, U.S. Ambassador Andrew Bremberg slammed the international agency for “perverting” human rights by advocating for the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Bremberg also criticized the UN for being “notably quiet” on the horrific reports of human rights abuses in China, including forced abortions through all nine months of pregnancy, infanticide and the placement of ethnic minorities in concentration camps.
Since 2017, Trump has defunded the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) of tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars because it pushes abortions on other countries and has worked with China for decades to implement its oppressive population control policies. Under the pro-abortion Obama administration, U.S. taxpayers gave more than $300 million to UNFPA.