So goes the adage that exemplifies the approach that the pro-abortion and anti-family advocates at the UN and in the international arena are using to promote worldwide abortion. The notion that “Abortion is an International Human Right!” is continually advanced by individuals, non-governmental groups, and UN agencies who wish to deceive, manipulate, and coerce countries to legalize abortion and alter their laws to reflect this false understanding.
In an effort designed to inject the truth back into the dialogue and to give support to diplomats and policy makers from countries that are being bullied with this misinformation, the San Jose Articles have been introduced. Crafted in Costa Rica last March by legal professionals, doctors, scholars, public health officials, and experts in international policy from around the globe, these articles lay out some basic principles and understandings:
* From conception each unborn life is a human being and is entitled to recognition of their inherent dignity and protection of their inalienable human rights.
* There is no right to abortion, either by way of treaty obligation or under customary international law.
* In fact, under basic principles of treaty interpretation, the state has a responsibility to protect the unborn child from abortion.
To see a complete list of the articles, go here and for accompanying notes and clarifications, here.
Why is this document important?
As Robert P. George, distinguished law professor at Princeton University and member of the drafting committee states:
“It is simply not true that international instruments or international human rights law includes, contains, sanctions or in any way condones the idea that there is an international right to abortion. That is sheer manipulation.” He continues that “it is a partisan desire to advance the belief in the justifiability of killing the unborn.”
During the UN press conference releasing the San Jose Articles, George made it clear that this is also an effort to maintain the integrity of all international law by not allowing it to be misused in such a fashion.
We, at United Families International, can personally attest to the fact that policy makers of countries, particularly developing countries, are regularly being told that legalizing abortion is inevitable because the international legal instruments that their country has signed on to demand it. There is an attempt to infuse the idea that “abortion is a right” in to every UN dialogue, document negotiation, and non-UN gathering that is even remotely related to social policy – most especially into the reduction of maternal mortality discussions.
The release of the San Jose Articles is particularly timely as the “abortion as a right” meme has been ramped up in recent weeks as two major UN pro-abortion reports were issued recently, one in Geneva and one in New York. Both reports received wide support from the UN Secretary General. The Report of the High Commissioner of Human Rights falsely claimed that States have an obligation to address “unsafe abortion: – the implication being that states have an obligation to legalize abortion. Among other untrue statements related to abortion, the author of the Report of Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of health, states:
“Criminal laws penalizing and restricting induced abortion are the paradigmatic examples of impermissible barriers to the realization of women’s right to health and must be eliminated.”
“States must take measures to ensure that legal and safe abortion services are available, accessible, and of good quality.”
Sounds like this Special Rapporteur not only wants governments to legalize abortion, but have taxpayers pay for them too!
According to the pro-abortion organization Human Rights Watch, the UN treaty known as CEDAW (The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) has directed 93 countries to legalize abortion. The CEDAW compliance committee who issues these edicts has no power to do so, but it doesn’t stop them from trying to bully countries that don’t feel they have the clout or the tools to stand against this form of coercion.
Giving countries the tools to stop this type of misinformation and harassment is what the San Jose Articles are all about. Now a public policy official or UN diplomat who is told “your country must legalize abortion” can, with authority, reply: “That is incorrect and here is why.” They will not be misled. They will not only be knowledgeable of the fact that there is no right to abortion contained in any international documents, but will have the voice of over 30 highly-regarded international experts in law, medicine, and public policy behind them.
We at United Families International join with those who crafted the San Jose Articles in working to stop this type of falsehood from gaining further traction. We are grateful to those who are willing to step forward and state the facts so clearly and compellingly. We believe that the San Jose Articles are a “game changer” and we are thrilled to be part of the pro-family coalition that is promoting them. To see the impact that is already occurring from the San Jose Articles go here:
United Families International is dedicated to protecting unborn children and it is a battle that we engage in virtually every day. We will continue to raise awareness on this issue and invite you to share this very important development with others. Spread the good news.
President, United Families International