Today, as some of you may know, is celebrated worldwide as “Human Rights Day,” where politicians and leaders of all stripes and ideologies climb onto their bully pulpits and loudly endorse the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was first adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. One suspects, however, that the majority of these politicians have not read this Declaration—or at the very least, that this Declaration would undoubtedly fail miserably if voted upon today in the Canadian House of Commons.

If you think I’m engaging in hyperbole, let’s take a look at the opening statement of this Declaration: “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…”

What an interesting statement! The United Nations (one presumes deliberately) did not differentiate here between human beings of different ages, and did not leave any room for the insidious pro-“choice” denial of personhood that the abortion ideology rests upon—it explicitly states that “all members of the human family” fall into the category of those entitled to human rights. Pre-born children in the womb are, as anyone with a basic understanding of science and human reproduction will know, members of the human family. Granted, the abortion cabal has tried to create a “conflict” between mother and child, but even a family in supposed dispute is still a family. Human beings cannot have their human status revoked simply because another group of humans considers them an impediment. Canadian law, unfortunately, is not in line with this Declaration.

The Declaration continues: “Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind…”

As pro-lifers have long known, and the National Post recently acknowledged in a stunning graphic, Canadian pre-born children are being dispensed with by the most gruesome and barbarous means throughout all nine months of gestation, and new information tells us that born children are being abandoned to die post-birth. The stunning cognitive dissonance between what we know intellectually and instinctively about the pre-born child in the womb and what we intellectually believe as a nation about abortion rights is the most absurd intellectual phenomenon of modern times. I assume that no Canadian watches National Geographic’s documentary “In the Womb” and muses, the only thing missing from that scene was a suction aspirator and forceps. Then again, I have no idea what the fine people at the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada do for fun, beyond, I assume, crafting new “It’s a Parasite!” cards for their members.

So what of personhood? Who did the United Nations recognize as a person? In Article 6, the Declaration states that: “Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.” Who is everyone? Well, all members of the human family of course. Where? Everywhere—even the womb, which is precisely where human beings of a certain age are supposed to be residing.

It is a shame that the United Nations has strayed so far from its original, noble declaration of human rights. It’s a shame that spineless Canadian politicians are so busy scurrying to obey Canada’s aging feminist vanguard that they cannot recognize the sheer extent to which they are betraying the human family. And it’s a crying shame that our leaders ignore the fate of children both inside and outside the womb.

Politicians used to declare “Never again!” Now, they duck their heads and mutter, “Til next time.”