|Rio de Janeiro|
Pat Buckley, one of SPUC's UN representatives, reports*:
"The outcome document (known as 'The Future We Want') has been a major battleground for months with attempts to insert anti-life measures including abortion and population control under the guise of so-called 'reproductive rights' or 'reproductive health services'. The finally-agreed text, to be signed by heads of state on Friday, has no reference to 'reproductive rights' and no mention of 'reproductive health services'.The pro-life success is particularly welcome considering last week's call by world science academies for the Rio conference to adopt a policy of world population control.
"This pro-life success was won by a group of countries together with the Holy See, among others including Russia, Poland and several Latin American countries. Pro-abortion groups are furious at the result. The next phase of the Rio+20 meeting begins today with the high-level meeting of leaders who must vote on the text's adoption."
*With thanks to Marie Smith of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PCNI) www.pncius.org
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