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Pro-Abortionists Angry they lost at Rio Conference

by | Jun 25, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Last week NRL News Today reported on a major international pro-life victory. At “Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, The Future We Want,” the term “reproductive rights” was kept out of the conference’s final document.

But it was not for lack of trying by pro-abortion forces. They are keen on making abortion an international “right,” and key to that is smuggling what is code for abortion—“reproductive rights”—into every document.

Today we look at what pro-abortionists are saying. (Hint: they know they lost.)

They know, for example, that the initial draft DID have wording about “addressing women’s sexual and reproductive health and their reproductive rights.” And that similar “summits” have inserted “reproductive rights” into their documents going back to a 1994 Cairo summit.

And the Associated Press reported that “The removal of the reproductive rights language was criticized by women’s health advocates and leaders from several countries, including Australia, Bolivia, Canada, New Zealand, Iceland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Switzerland, Uruguay and the U.S.”

Pro-abortion Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a speech delivered Friday, said, “While I am very pleased that this year’s outcome document endorses sexual and reproductive health and universal access to family planning, to reach our goals in sustainable development we also have to ensure women’s reproductive rights.” The Christian Science Monitor reported that

“She received applause when she added, ‘Women must be empowered to make decisions about whether and when to have children.’ The U.S. ‘will continue to work to ensure that those rights are respected in international agreements,’ Clinton said.”

Since pro-abortion forces have been unsuccessful for two decades in openly using these UN documents as a vehicle to promote an international “right” to abortion, they have resorted to code words such as “reproductive rights.”  UN Agencies and pro-abortion NGO’s then falsely define these terms to include a right to abortion in order to pressure pro-life countries to change their laws—falsely claiming that these countries are required to legalize abortion in order to decrease maternal mortality.

“We have known for decades that most maternal deaths can be prevented with adequate nutrition, basic health care and good obstetric care through pregnancy, at delivery, and postpartum,” noted Jeanne E. Head, R.N., National Right to Life vice president for international affairs and UN representative. “Yet some in the international community, including the current United States delegation, have focused their efforts on legalizing abortion at the expense of women’s lives. Women in the developing world need access to better health care, not the right to destroy their children in the womb.”

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Categories: United Nations