"no right, whether legal or moral, is absolute."Really? How about the right of innocent human beings not to be intentionally:
- neglected to death?
- not to be sexually assaulted?
- not to be forced to have an abortion?
- to refuse sterilisation?
- to refuse contraceptive implants?
- to have more than one or two children?
- "recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world"
- "disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind"
- "human rights should be protected by the rule of law"
- "the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights"
- "Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights"
- "every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights"
- "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind"
- "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person"
Conscientious objection, which is a fundamental human right recognised in international law, trumps any supposed right to abortion. Not only has a right to abortion never been recognised in international human rights law, the unborn child is in fact protected against abortion in international human rights law (in principle, though rarely in practice).
Dr Cannold's article is painfully out-of-date: last month the parliamentary assembly of Europe's premier human rights organisation, the Council of Europe, rejected her claims and passed a resolution saying:
"No person, hospital or institution shall be coerced, held liable or discriminated against in any manner because of a refusal to perform, accommodate, assist or submit to an abortion, the performance of a human miscarriage, or euthanasia or any act which could cause the death of a human foetus or embryo, for any reason."Clearly we must keep up the battle as our opponents re-group after their Council of Europe drubbing. The pro-life movement, aided by church leaders throughout the world, need to run great campaigns in support of conscientious objection - by nurses, doctors, pharmacists, educationalists and any professional person or other person who may be under to pressure to participate in anti-life practices.
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