By Steve Jalsevac

NEW YORK, November 18, 2005 ( – The militantly pro-abortion Center For Reproductive Rights (CFRR) is touting a ruling yesterday by the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) as “a landmark decision establishing women’s right to access to legal abortion.”

The case was initiated by the Center for Reproductive Rights together with the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights (CLADEM) and the Counseling Center for the Defense of Women’s Rights (DEMUS) on behalf of Karen Llontoy, a young Peruvian woman who was not permitted to kill by abortion her anencephalic unborn child.

Through this case the UNHRC and CFRR hope to force Peru and other poor third world nations to eliminate pro-life laws. Worrisome to pro-life and sovereignty-respecting organizations is that this latest decision by the committee marks the first time, in the words of the UNHRC, “an international human rights organization has held a government accountable for failing to ensure access to legal abortion services.”

This decision will undoubtedly be used by activist judges in various nations to justify challenges to laws currently restricting or prohibiting abortion because of its denial of the primary right to life of the unborn.

Samantha Singson, full-time UN Lobbyist for Campaign Life Coalition responded to yesterday’s development stating, “by this latest decision the UN is again overstepping its authority by trying to legislate and force a sovereign country to change its laws on abortion”. She emphasized that “there is no universal human right to abortion on demand and no treaty compliance committee (UNHRC) has any moral or legal authority to create one.”

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