UNITED NATIONS, Mar 17 (Lifesitenews.com) The UN’s Commission on the Status of Women adopted an “Optional Protocol” to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on Friday March 12. The strident feminist attendees apparently became a little carried away with themselves and included a clause in the Protocol forbidding any “reservations” to CEDAW.
While the move appears humorous, it does, however, indicate that the UN Commissioners believe that the international body is obliged to defy national sovereignty in order to advance the moral agenda they have constructed. If the UN continues to strengthen its judicial and military power, pro-family forces fear it will use treaties such as this one to justify intervening in individual nations to overturn their laws.
Even now the Optional Protocol grants “a right of petition for individual women to appear before the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.” Thus an individual woman who felt her “right” to an abortion was compromised by a pro-life organization’s very existence could bring her case forward to the UN. The petition “would also trigger an inquiry procedure by which the Committee could address serious or systematic women’s rights violations” by countries which have ratified the convention.
Canada is one of the more than 160 countries which have signed on to CEDAW.
See the UN press release from March 12.
For more on CEDAW’s radical feminist agenda see:
UN’S EXTREMIST VIEW OF “WOMEN’S RIGHTS” CONFIRMED BY CEDAW