UNITED NATIONS, Dec 21 (LSN)  On Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy officially signed the UN’s Rome Agreement on the International Criminal Court. CBC Newsworld reported that Canada is the 69th country to sign the accord.  The next step for many countries is ratification. Once 60 countries have ratified the agreement, the authority of the ICC will be enshrined over all nations, thus eliminating their national sovereignty.  The ICC should be of grave concern to pro-lifers since the document gives the strange term “forced pregnancy” official recognition as a new international crime. Although quite narrowly defined at present,  internationalist radicals could well extend its meaning to include abortion legislation as they originally intended. What this means is that any jurisdiction which has laws against abortion could be found guilty of forced pregnancy and ordered to throw out such legislation.  Furthermore, the “universal jurisdiction” principle in the ICC declaration –  an ominous new development in international relations – gives the ICC the authority to impose its jurisdiction on nations that did not ratify the agreement.  For more information on the International Criminal Court see:


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