THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
PRO-LIFE LAWS AS VIOLENCE
February 24, 2018
Here are the UN bureaucrats again, trying to override nations
in their laws. Imagine pro-life laws being called out as violence
against women, or even amounting to torture? These bureaucrats
are crazy. They, with their insistence on abortion, are the
ones committing extreme violence on the unborn, and torturing
them as they are torn limb from limb.
They also downplay women’s primary role as mothers and
are clamping down on public pro-life witness. The acts of
these bureaucrats are diabolical, trying to overturn God’s
design and intent.
But that is the way the world is going, with the UN participating
on the assaults on faith, family and life. We must resist
says Northern Ireland’s pro-life laws are ‘violence
February 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The
U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against
Women (CEDAW) said today that Northern Ireland is violating
women’s rights by restricting their access to abortion.
Unique among the nations that make up the United Kingdom,
Northern Ireland allows abortion only when the mother’s
life or health is endangered by her pregnancy. As a result,
abortion in Northern Ireland is rare. In 2016/17, only 13
abortions were carried out in the country.
“Denial of abortion and criminalisation of abortion
amounts to discrimination against women because it is a denial
of a service that only women need. And it puts women in horrific
situations,” stated CEDAW spokeswoman Ruth Halperin-Kaddari.
She claimed that Northern Ireland’s
pro-life stance “constitutes violence against women
that may amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading
The government of the United Kingdom denied the charges, indicating
that women of Northern Ireland have access to abortion in
the rest of the UK.
The UN report recommended decriminalization
of abortion in Northern Ireland, making contraception available,
downplaying women’s primary role as mothers, and cracking
down on public pro-life witness.
The BBC is reporting that the U.N. committee is comprised
of 23 international “experts on women’s rights.”
In its coverage, it quoted Grainne Teggart of Amnesty International,
who is calling on the British Parliament at Westminster to
further liberalize abortion laws.
“The U.N. Committee is very clear that it is the UK
government which is responsible for ensuring that our laws
are in line with the state’s international human rights
obligations,” she said. “Devolution--even if functioning--does
not relieve the UK government of their responsibility to uphold
human rights in Northern Ireland.”
Devolution refers to the limited self-rule of the different
nations within Great Britain. Both Northern Ireland and Scotland
have their own governing bodies, and certain ministries, like
Northern Ireland’s Department of Health, are devolved,
or the responsibility, of these assemblies.
There have been challenges to Northern Ireland’s restrictive
abortion law, from both within and without the nation.
In 2015, a High Court Judge ruled that it violated the European
Convention on Human rights by not allowing abortions of babies
with fatal disabilities or who were conceived as a result
of sexual crimes. However, in 2016, the Northern Ireland Assembly
voted against liberalizing the law to permit the killing of
these babies. In 2017, both However, both UK Parliament and
the Scottish government have pledged to pay the costs associated
with abortions for Northern Irish women who travel to England
or Scotland to procure them.
Seven hundred women reportedly travel from Northern Ireland
to Britain every year for abortions. However, these statistics
are open to interpretation. Asked in Scottish Parliament in
2017 about the number of abortions performed on Irish women
in Scotland, the Health Minister replied, "The total
number of legal abortions performed in Scotland on women who
are normally resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern
Ireland during the period 2013 to 2015 was five."
The Department of Health for England and Wales states that
190,406 abortions were performed in those nations in 2016.
In Scotland, there were 12,063.