Wednesday 17 June 2009

UN resolution saved from pro-abortion agenda

As I blogged previously, the UN Human Rights Council is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. In my previous blog, I mentioned an extreme pro-abortion anti-family report on violence against women. However, another resolution* relevant to pro-life issues has also been discussed at Geneva, a resolution on maternal mortality. As is often the case at these UN meetings, the early drafts of the resolution had strong pro-abortion language. Thanks, however, to communication between sympathetic national delegations and the pro-life/pro-family coalition, the wording has been subtly yet significantly changed in many ways. The content of the resolution's final version, whilst still containing some concerning aspects, nonetheless denies the anti-life lobby its main goals. So congratulations to Pat Buckley, who represents SPUC at the UN, and to the other pro-life/pro-family lobbyists at Geneva for their vital work in preventing abortion being declared to be a human right.

* The resolution is entitled "Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development", and the relevant part is "11. Preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and human rights".