“The child by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth” UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Finland tells UK that women in Northern Ireland should be entitled to safe legal abortion without having to travel
The 13th session of the Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review (UPR) meeting in Geneva today reviewed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The UK was represented by a team led by H.E. Lord Mc Nally, Minister of State, Ministry of Justice.
A summary of the submissions of 75 stakeholders prepared by Office of the High Commissioner for human rights, under the heading Right to Health, says that one of the submissions it received JS 6 a joint statement by a number of groups, claimed that in Northern Ireland the legislation on abortion hindered women from realising the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
During the proceedings Mr Stefan Lee the delegate from Finland told the meeting that women in NI were discriminated against and that they should be entitled to safe legal abortion without having to travel in a similar manner to women in rest of UK.
A submission by the Scottish Transgender Alliance STA stated that the "Gender Recognition Act 2004 prevented intersex people from accessing legal gender recognition The STA also said that intersex people cannot be confident that their rights will be adequately respected by medical professionals, as there were no rights-based intersex healthcare protocols.
A further submission by a group called SexYOUality (SY) stated that teachers have not been adequately trained to respond to homophobic bullying in schools.
In response Lord Mc Nally told the meeting that he had no time for violence relating to sexual orientation and the UK had passed very strong laws in that regard. He told the meeting that there is cross government action to combat transphobic and homophobic hate crime. He also said that £9 million had recently been committed by Scotland to deal with this issue
I was born in Galway, Ireland where I attended first Scoil Fhursa and then St Ignatius (Jesuit) College. My family moved to Cork in 1960 and I spent my last year at the Christian Brothers College in Mc Curtain street Cork (CBC).
I came to Dublin in 1963 where I met and married my wife Philomena. We have lived in Dublin since then and have been blessed with seven children and 17 grandchildren (so far). When I finished school I studied architecture through the professional institutions and I am a retired Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (MRIAI). I also hold a BSc. in psychology and political philosophy.
I currently lobby pro-life and pro-family issues at the United Nations in New York and Geneva and occasionally at the European Parliament and Council of Europe. I am a member of the pro-life, pro-family coalition operating within the international institutions and I am a consultant to the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children SPUC on UN and related matters.
Between 1978-85, as a married couple Philomena and I were involved in the presentation of Marriage Encounter Weekends and pre-marriage courses. We also represented Worldwide Marriage Encounter on a committee for the family in the Dublin Archdiocese. Between 1985-1988. I was appointed National Secretary and then President of the Catholic Secondary Schools Parents Association (CSPA). I have been lobbying pro-life issue at the UN for upwards of 12 years.
I am a past President of the National Association of Catholic Families (NACF)
1997: Anthology of pro-life verse
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