The United Nations’ treaty monitoring body for theInternational Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) ignored the pro-life laws of four countries under review during its recent 55thsession and strongly urged the countries to change their laws or policies on abortion, despite the fact that the treaty does not mention abortion.
The Committee for the CESCR issuedobservations to four countries with restrictions on abortion -Chile, Ireland, Uganda and Venezuela-that included enacting new legislation on abortion and adopting new guidelines on abortion.
Ireland’s constitutional protection of life from conception was targeted for elimination as the Committee told Ireland: “The Committee recommends that the State party take all necessary steps, including a referendum on abortion, to revise its legislation on abortion, including the Constitution and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, in line with international human rights standards; adopt guidelines to clarify what constitutes a real substantive risk to the life of a pregnant woman; publicize information on crisis pregnancy options through effective channels of communication; and ensure the accessibility and availability of information on sexual and reproductive health.”
The term “human rights standards” comes straight from the pro-abortion legal toolkit. No international human rights treaty includes abortion as a human right and no matter how many times the claim may be repeated, the destruction of an unborn child in abortion is a reproductive wrong, not a human right. There is no universally recognized “right to abortion”.
Chile is considering a new law to allow abortion for limited exceptions but the Committee expressed its dissatisfaction and told the pro-life country with the lowest maternal mortality rate in Latin American that it wanted the legislation to go further saying it was concerned about “a strict ban on abortion.”
Written by MARIE SMITH- Life News
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