Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Pressure on Ireland to introduce abortion

A UN Committee in its concluding observations on Ireland's compliance with the "Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment" (CAT) seeks to pressurise Ireland to introduce abortion.
CAT in issuing its most recent concluding observations resulting from the 46th session had this to say
26. The Committee notes the concern expressed by the European Court of Human Rights
about the absence of an effective and accessible domestic procedure in the State party for
establishing whether some pregnancies pose a real and substantial medical risk to the life of the mother (case of A, B and C v. Ireland), which leads to uncertainty for women and their medical doctors, who are also at risk of criminal investigation or punishment if their advice or treatment is deemed illegal. The Committee expresses concern at the lack of clarity cited by the Court and the absence of a legal framework through which differences of opinion could be resolved. Noting the risk of criminal prosecution and imprisonment facing both the women concerned and their physicians, the Committee expresses concern that this may raise issues that constitute a breach of the Convention. The Committee appreciates the intention of the State party, as expressed during the dialogue with the Committee, to establish an expert group to address the Court’s ruling. The Committee is nonetheless concerned further that, despite the already existing case law allowing for abortion, no legislation is in place and that this leads to serious consequences in individual cases, especially affecting minors, migrant women, and women living in poverty (arts. 2 and 16).
The Committee urges the State party to clarify the scope of legal abortion through
statutory law and provide for adequate procedures to challenge differing medical
opinions as well as adequate services for carrying out abortions in the State party, so that its law and practice is in conformity with the Convention.
The 10 member Committee urges Ireland to enact changes in law and policy to allow access to abortion despite the fact that the Irish constitution protects the right to life of unborn children. The Irish constitution "acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right."

Ireland has long been under pressure from the pro-abortion forces to kill innocent unborn babies. These forces have managed to get themselves into key positions in international institutions such as the UN in order to exert their culture of death globally.
Nation States at the UN however have opposed this agenda and have consistently refused to allow the pro-abortion forces to declare abortion to be a human right. Since the pro-abortion forces could not get what they wanted directly they devised a plan to find other ways to achieve their goal. 
They held a joint meeting of members of key groups such as members the convention monitoring committees, special rapporteurs along with UNFPA and others in Glencove New York and decided to reinterpret the convention texts to “FIND”  whatever they wanted the documents to say. Clearly this ruling by CAT is in line with this barefaced manipulation of international treaties

The Committee states that Ireland must establish "adequate services for carrying out abortions in the State party, so that its law and practice is in conformity with the Convention," despite the fact that the Convention against Torture does not reference or mention abortion. The argument by the Committee that access to abortion is necessary to "conform" to the treaty is an example of the pro-abortion strategy to create a "right to abortion" by stating falsehoods about international law and treaties over and over again until they begin to be treated as truth.
Marie Smith, Director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCI) commented on the CAT concluding observations as follows,
"In this observation we read the most radical pro-abortion view coming from the Committee against Torture pressuring Ireland to provide access to abortion despite the fact that the treaty has nothing to do with abortion. The Convention is distorted to equate laws that protect unborn children from abortion with cruelty to women while ignoring the inhumane treatment of unborn children through the violence of abortion."

"The deliberate manipulation of this treaty which was enacted to protect lives in order to advance a radical pro-abortion agenda is a disservice to the women, men and children around the world who suffer daily from cruel and degrading treatment as well as outright torture."

Smith continues, "Hopefully the Irish government recognizes its sovereign right to determine its laws on abortion and maintains its constitutional protection for unborn children which results in Ireland-with the world's lowest maternal mortality rate-being the safest place in the world for women to give birth."