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WASHINGTON, Mar 13 (LSN.ca) – Speaking in the US Senate on March 8, Chairman Jesse Helms responded to a call to have the Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate consider ratifying the Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  Helms said:  “I say dream on because it is not going to happen. Why has CEDAW, the Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, never been ratified? Because it is a bad treaty; it is a terrible treaty negotiated by radical feminists with the intent of enshrining their radical anti-family agenda into international law. I will have no part of that. … Under this treaty, a committee on the elimination of discrimination against women is established with the task of enforcing compliance with the treaty.’ … excerpts from the reports that the committee …  provide a telling insight into the hearts and minds of the authors who wrote this treaty in the first place.”“They propose global legalization of abortion. The treaty has been intended, from the very beginning, to be a vehicle for imposing abortion on countries that still protect the rights of the unborn. For example, this committee has instructed Ireland, a country that restricts abortion, to ‘facilitate a national dialogue on the restrictive abortion laws’ of Ireland and has declared in another report that under the CEDAW treaty ‘it is discriminatory for a [government] to refuse to legally provide for the performance of certain reproductive health services for women’ – that is to say, abortion.”

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