Wednesday, November 10, 2004

LifeSite News Special Report - Wednesday November 10, 2004 Abortion-Pushing UN Committee Must be Held Accountable

GENEVA, November 10, 2004 ( "Pro-life leaders worldwide are saying, "enough is enough" regarding the abortion push and other radical social engineering being imposed on the world via the United Nations. spoke with pro-life leaders in various countries today, all of whom were outraged that the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) urged Poland to liberalize abortion laws, and implement sex-ed, contraception and gay rights programs. (see coverage )

The same committee also urged Morocco to decriminalize abortion last week. Moreover the UNHRC has a history of promoting abortion and acting as an unofficial implementing agent for the nefarious anti-people and racist International Planned Parenthood.

In March this year the committee told Colombia that denying abortion in rape cases was an "outrage". The UNHRC abortion push is longstanding. In July 2000, the committee expressed concern over Ireland?s restrictive abortion legislation, and in July 2001 the committee urged Guatemala to loosen its abortion law. (see below for references)

Some pro-life leaders are encouraging citizens of the countries represented on the UNHRC to engage in local political actions to stop any of these unaccountable nationals from participating in United Nation?s attempts to force sovereign nations to accept abortion and gay rights.

Until only recently, UN delegates and other representatives have often been able to act and speak with impunity at critical UN meetings against the wishes of their own people and even without any awareness from most legislators in their nations about what they are proposing at the UN.

Part of the reason for this extreme independence is that much of what is said and decided at UN meetings is not regularly reported or critiqued in the local media of UN member countries. As well, the general public and even most elected officials view the world body and its workings as being far beyond their competence or, very naively, not related to their local affairs.

Hence, scheming national government leaders, working quietly with non-accountable UN bureaucrats and delegates, have frequently supported or allowed the initiation of world mandated policies that would never be accepted in their own nations.

Pro-life, pro-family lobbyists at the UN have frustratingly learned that few people outside the UN, with the exception of powerful special interests such as Planned Parenthood, are paying close attention to UN shenanigans or questioning who should be sent there and what representatives have been saying on their nations? behalf.

Despite the fact that the United States has, since Bush?s first election, usually been a strong defender of traditional morality, the United States representative on the UNHRC, Ruth Wedgewood, did not absent herself from the committee?s attempt to force Poland to legalize abortion. Wedgewood"s action is all the more concerning since US legislation forbids American funds to support organizations that promote abortion. The US provides the lion?s share of funds to the United Nations.

The Canadian representative on the Committee, Max Yalden will also have to answer for his actions, Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition told While the Canadian Liberal party leadership is known for its fondness for abortion and gay rights, partisan politics pushed through the United Nations should nonetheless be taboo, he said.

Latin American leaders were surprised to see representatives from their pro-life countries pushing Poland to allow abortion. Panama?s Alfredo Castillero Hoyos, Colombia?s Rafael Rivas Posada, and Argentina?s Hipolito Solari-Yrigoyen all sit on the 18-member UN committee.

Most surprisingly, Malta, one of only six countries in the world which prohibits all abortion, had a representative on the UN committee - Franco Depasquale. UN committees will almost certainly place the tiny, principled European nation on its hit list in the near future. No exceptions can be allowed to the New World Order of abortion and other de-population measures.

Lech Kowalewski, spokesman for the Polish Federation of Pro-life Movements told yesterday that the committee?s action was an "attack on the sovereignty of Poland." Kowalewski is concerned that the UN report may influence the Polish government to adopt a pro-abortion bill which is under consideration (See coverage of the bill )

The complete list of UNHRC members and their country of origin follows:

Abdelfattah Amor (Tunisia)
Nisuke Ando (Japan)
Prafullachandra Natwarlal Bhagwati (India)
Alfredo Castillero Hoyos (Panama)
Christine Chanet (France)
Franco Depasquale (Malta)
Maurice Glele-Ahanhanzo (Benin)
Walter Kalin (Switzerland)
Ahmed Tawfik Khalil (Egypt)
Rajsoomer Lallah (Mauritius)
Rafael Rivas Posada (Colombia)
Sir Nigel Rodley (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Martin Scheinin (Finland); Ivan Shearer (Australia)
Hipolito Solari-Yrigoyen (Argentina)
Ruth Wedgwood (United States of America)
Roman Wieruszewski (Poland)
Maxwell Yalden (Canada).

Related reports:
United Nations Tells Morocco to Decriminalize Abortion
United Nations Orders Guatemala To Loosen Abortion Law
United Nations Tells Colombia Denying Abortion in Rape Cases is an "Outrage"
UN Committee Asks About Abortion And Homosexuality In Ireland


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