Despite the fact that there is no such right as a "right" to abortion and despite vast amounts of research that confirms its disastrous effects on women’s lives in addition to killing their babies, the ongoing attempt by pro-abortion forces to create a so called human right to abortion through the United Nations system has been ramped up significantly this year.
This is evident both in the Human Rights Council in Geneva and in the General Assembly in New York.
The focus of the UN along with the WHO and UNFPA is fatally flawed, instead of making child bearing safe for every woman it is aimed at reducing the number of children a woman bears by the provision of family planning and abortion. Sadly by re-directing millions of dollars to these areas many women are left without adequate assistance thereby slowing the reduction in the maternal mortality levels. Organizations that could make a real difference such as Matercare are being denied the funding they urgently need and if offered it will be conditional upon the inclusion of abortion.
In Geneva the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Navanetham Pillay, titled “Practices in adopting a human rights-based approach to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and human rights” correctly calls for urgent attention to be given to reduction of maternal mortality, however the methods being proposed include abortion on demand, eliminating laws that “stigmatise” women and addressing so called “unsafe abortion” which it is claimed is responsible for 1 in every 8 deaths
The High Commissioner in her report claims that States have an obligation to address so called unsafe abortion, which she says is one of the 5 major causes of maternal death. Of course all abortion is unsafe for the baby and in addition is never a solution for any crisis
In New York the Report of Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of health, published as a report of the Secretary General will be debated during the current session of the General Assembly.
The report, written by UN Special Rapporteur Anand Grover, links the availability of abortion on demand with the fundamental right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
The report calls for the removal of all Criminal laws penalizing or restricting induced abortion and calls for abortion on demand without any restrictions and calls for availability of so called medical as well as surgical abortion. According to Grover,
“Criminal laws penalizing and restricting induced abortion are the paradigmatic examples of impermissible barriers to the realization of women’s right to health and must be eliminated.”
Grover goes on to say that legalizing abortion, alone, is not enough for states to avoid violating women’s right to health. States he says must also actively promote the procedure.
“States must take measures to ensure that legal and safe abortion services are available, accessible, and of good quality. Safe abortions, however, will not immediately be available upon decriminalization unless States create conditions under which they may be provided. These conditions include establishing available and accessible clinics; the provision of additional training for physicians and health-care workers; enacting licensing requirements and ensuring the availability of the latest and safest medicines and equipment.”
Grover also calls for removal of all stigmatization relating to abortion and calls for the protection of abortionists and abortion providers from so-called “harassment”.
He also claims that lack of access to legal abortion leads to women seeking unsafe abortion and this in turn increases maternal mortality
His report then attacks conscientious objection and requires access to information and education on all matters relative to sexual and reproductive health and the removal of all barriers thereto.
It seems that the pro-abortion forces want to get their agenda fully and finally in place before President Obama leaves the White House which suggests that they see him as a one term President.