THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
INTERNATIONAL RIGHT TO ABORTION
November 4, 2017
Bureaucrats in the UN have struck again, this time with potentially
devastating consequences on the unborn. The UN Human Rights
Committee has in effect enshrined abortion as an international
human right, something long desired by abortion activists.
The right to life is the most fundamental right. Now these
UN bureaucrats have violated that right and imposed its diabolic
agenda on the world. The culture of death rampages on!
UN Human Rights Committee formally excludes
unborn child from ‘right to life’
YORK, November 3, 2017 (C-Fam) – Despite pleas from
more than one hundred governments and pro-life organizations,
including the United States and Poland, the
UN Human Rights Committee has excluded unborn children from
the right to life in international law this week in Geneva.
“I was worried for a minute we would discuss the word
limit for separate opinions,” joked Yuval Shany. The
Israeli law professor was mocking pro-life concerns as the
committee rushed through a second reading of a controversial
draft commentary on the right to life in what is perhaps the
most important UN human rights treaty.
Shany, who has been in charge of the draft for two years,
knew there would be no dissent. The 18 members of the committee
that records the state efforts to implement the treaty unanimously
agreed on a text that in some respects is more extreme than
the previous one.
The committee added language about access to abortion not
just being a right under the covenant, but that it must also
be “affordable” and “effective,” as
abortion groups recommended to the committee. U.S. law professor
Sarah Cleveland said this was needed to make it easier for
rape victims to obtain abortions.
No expert expressed concern for children in the womb capable
of feeling pain, or brought up the Convention on the Rights
of the Child, which expressly requires states to protect children
“I am very sensitive to my conscience,” said Mauro
Politi at one point. The Italian professor’s conscience
was not troubled by abortion itself, but the need to ensure
women are able to abort their unborn children in cases of
rape, disability, or when a mother’s life is at risk.
“Of course, we have agreed that it is up to states to
make the determination of when life begins,” said German
professor Anja Seibert-Fohrthe only member of the committee
who advised caution about imposing a right to abortion, pointing
to the European Court of Human Rights as a model.
“States do have some discretion,” agreed Shany.
“We do not want to touch the issue of late-term abortions.”
The Japanese Chair of the committee, Yuji Iwasawa was in a
hurry and appeared impatient. He insisted these issues had
already been discussed though there is no public record of
The committee barely flinched as the United States, Russia,
Egypt, Japan, Poland, and others denied the committee’s
authority to read a right to abortion into the treaty.
The treaty is a “living instrument” said French
professor Olivier de Frouville. Along with Shany, he pointed
out how the committee and UN treaty bodies routinely insist
on a right to abortion.
The only snag for the committee was not from sovereign States
but another part of the UN bureaucracy. The UN committee on
disabilities asked that the draft be changed to avoid expressions
that demean the disabled. Iwasawa indicated that he had met
with the Chair of the disabilities committee, and implied
that the disabilities committee would be fine with referring
to abortion for “non-viable” pregnancies as opposed
to abortion for fatally “impaired” fetuses.
The second reading is expected to continue in March. The committee
has yet to reach the issue of euthanasia, which is currently
considered an obligation in the draft commentary.
Reprinted with permission from C-FAM.