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ARUSHA, United Republic of Tanzania, Sept 3 (LSN) – In yesterday’s landmark ruling on the Rwandan genocide, the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda defined the crime of “genocide.” Pro-family forces are outraged that the court chose to include the ill-defined term “sexual violence” as a form of genocide. Pro-life forces see this as an welcome mat to pro-abortion activists who want the denial of access to abortion made an international crime governed by the jurisdiction of international law.  A UN press release on the International Tribunal decision simply states that “In its judgement, the Trial Chamber underscored the fact that rape and sexual violence also constitute genocide in the same way as any other act.”  The UN court also defined sexual violence saying, “Sexual violence, including rape, is not limited to physical invasion of the human body and may include acts which do not involve penetration or even physical contact.” Further the court ruled that “Threats, intimidation, extortion and other forms of duress which prey on fear or desperation could be coercion.”  Pro-life UN lobbyist and director of Real Women Gwen Landolt called the court’s maneuvers a “very disturbing development.”“”This indicates that the UN is absolutely determined to promote abortion, and by this action is circumventing the restricted definition of “forced pregnancy” forced upon the international body by pro-life countries at the International Criminal Court deliberations in July.  To see the UN press release on the Tribunal ruling go to:  https://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/1998/19980902.afr94.html

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