NEW YORK, October 8 (C-Fam) Countries complained about setbacks to abortion rights twenty-five years after a landmark UN conference on women that first cemented abortion in UN policy.
“Everywhere, women’s rights are under attack,” French President Emmanuel Macron said with alarm, “starting with the freedom for women to control their own bodies, and in particular the right to abortion.” Macron made the statement at a mostly virtual General Assembly event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women on Thursday.
“One generation on, this is no time for commemoration or self-congratulation,” he said dramatically, “This is a secret for nobody. In 2020, the Beijing Declaration would have no chance of being adopted.”
Macron’s statement was a sobering reminder of how politically unpopular abortion remains today, twenty-five years after it was first introduced in UN policy as part of “sexual and reproductive health” at the Beijing Conference. And this is despite the massive lobbying efforts to promote abortion by UN agencies and UN human rights mechanisms in the ensuing years, precisely under the rubric “sexual and reproductive health.”
Perhaps even more poignantly, a joint statement of 81 countries in support of “sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)” at the General Assembly event did not expressly mention abortion.
The statement, joined by countries mostly from Europe and Latin America, together with former French colonies, called for access to “comprehensive and non-discriminatory sexual and reproductive health services” calling them “essential” and “life-saving.” But the statement did not mention abortion as a right, as French President Macron did.
This underscores how difficult it is for former colonial governments, who now provide the bulk of international aid for fertility reduction policies, to get countries on the receiving end of that assistance to politically support abortion rights. They are forced to operate in stealth mode under the banner of “reproductive health” instead.
The opposition to abortion rights was voiced primarily by Brazil on Thursday. While supporting “sexual and reproductive health”, Damares Alves, Brazil’s Minister for Women, Family and Human Rights categorically said this did not include an “alleged right” to abortion.
Surprisingly, the U.S. government which has often opposed abortion rights in recent UN meetings, did not on Thursday. U.S. Secretary for Education Betsy DeVos, complained about the repression of Uighurs in China but did not address UN abortion promotion.
PETITION UPDATE (9/26/2020):
With President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are closer than we have been in decades to seeing Roe vs. Wade overturned.
We now encourage the Senate to confirm Barrett as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Judge Barrett has a fantastic track recond on sanctity of life issues, has seven children, and is a devout believer. She is the perfect remedy for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's radical pro-abortionism.
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PETITION UPDATE (6/29/2020):
In a decision which has imperiled more abortion-minded women, sentenced more preborn to death, and upset pro-lifers across the nation,the United States Supreme Court decided 5-4 to strike down a Louisiana law requiring basic medical precautions in the event of abortion complications, with Chief Justice John Roberts reversing his own past decision to uphold a similar Texas law.
Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, which held that the Louisiana law was unconstitutional for the simple fact that it was “almost word-for-word identical” to the Texas one the court already struck down in 2016.
In his concurring opinion, Chief Justice Roberts acknowledged that he had “joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided. The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case.”
We call on the Supreme Court to stop supporting the culture of death and overturn Roe vs Wade, now.
PETITION UPDATE (1/20/2020):
Hundreds of thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C., this coming Friday, January 24th, for the March for Life. They will be praying for an end to Roe vs Wade, as the Supreme Court will hear a crucial, abortion-related case later this year in March. United our voices can change the course of history. Sign this petition TODAY! (LEARN MORE BELOW)
PETITION UPDATE (1/3/2020):
In advance of the Supreme Court's hearing arguments in an important abortion case later this year in March, 207 U.S. Senators and Representatives have signed amicus briefs supporting a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital nearby an abortion center.
Some of these supporting briefs also suggest that now is the time to reconsider Roe vs Wade as sound law.
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More than 60 million Americans have been slaughtered in their mother's wombs as a result of Roe v. Wade. This activist, unconstitutional ruling in 1973 has left countless women emotionally and psychologically scarred.
It was believed by many that Roe would be overturned in 1992 with Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Despite having eight Republican-appointed judges at the time, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold it.
Since then, major gains have been made in the fight for life, and many lives have been saved.
However, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land, leaving millions of defenseless pre-born children vulnerable to murder.
According to a 2016 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35% of aborted babies are African American, despite black women only making up six percent of the U.S. population. 19% of aborted babies are Hispanic.
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Abortion isn’t the only element of the Beijing conference that continues to be debated at the United Nations. The UN Agency for women is aggressively promoting LGBT rights under the banner of “gender equality” of the Beijing conference
The head of the agency, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, highlighted the work of the UN Women fighting “homophobia” to the General Assembly. The short video the agency produced for the 25th anniversary event included a slide that touted decriminalizing homosexual conduct in India as progress for the women’s agenda and depicting what appears to be a transgender man.
Perhaps the most discordant note on Thursday was sounded by Ms. Francesca DiGiovanni, a Vatican official who spoke on behalf of the Holy See. She complained of bad investments by the international community that aimed at the “suppression of the capacity for motherhood.” She also lamented efforts to promote “so-called new rights,” a phrase understood to refer to abortion and LGBT rights.
Di Giovanni, was also alone in denouncing pornography, surrogacy and human trafficking as part of a widespread “hedonistic and commercial culture that reduces women to sex objects and their bodies to consumer products.”
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