The United Nations has been celebrating the annual two-week conference known as the Commission on the Status of Women, whose theme this year is Preventing Violence Against Women.
Ironically but not surprisingly, the US and EU (European Union) have called for deleting a reafirmation that every human being has the inherent right to life, liberty and security of persons. Again we find abortion cleverly promoted as a basic human right, the ultimate contradiction in that a minimum of 50% of participants in abortion lose their life. In addition to defying common sense, this deletion would contradict the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the UN's own Declaration of Human Rights, and foundational principles of civilizations the world over.
According to Stefano Gennarini, J.D. of C-Fam, The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, "The United States is asking for new content in the UN policies dealing with women, specifically, the provision of sexual and reproductive health services in conflict situations, usually governed by humanitarian law. The proposed language appears to challenge existing US law that prohibits humanitarian assistance from providing abortions. Abortion groups have claimed for some time that there is a right to abortion as reparation in cases of rape, but this approach has gained significant momentum in the lead up to the conference. This is probably not a coincidence."
Among routine contradictions at the UN, placing women in combat has now been announced by the Obama administration as its primary accomplishment for International Womens Day. "Inserting women into the most violent situations in the world turns a War on Women into a War With Women," correctly pointed out Wendy Wright on the blog, Turtle Bay.
At a panel discussion at the UN last week with the title, "Countering conservative economics and religious forces at the UN," the Catholic Church was the target of attacks from two extreme feminist organizations, DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era), and the Global Fund for Women. Eugenia Lopez, a Mexican abortion activist, objected to the Holy See and their "lots of money" that she says it uses to "further their agenda." Apparently she is opposed to the Church spreading the Gospel which of course is its primary agenda. She went on to state that "80% of Catholics are against the Church on sexual and reproductive matters" and that there are "only 32 women in the Vatican." Toward the first quote, this writer easily came up with several contradictory lower numbers (and, of course, practicing Catholics understand that the Church is not a democracy). Toward the second quote, there are currently over 400 female employees in the Vatican (new book: Paul Hoffman, The Vatican Women: Female Influence at the Holy See).
Hatred of the Church for defending all human life continues to enrage some who ironically claim to be for "human rights." The same people calling for an end to "violence against women" deny the violence done to female unborn babies through abortion as well as to their moms, who are denied the full disclosure of abortion's physical and psychological consequences by providers such as Planned Parenthood. Breast cancer, infertility, and depression are among the documented effects of the violence of abortion.
Vincenzina Santoro, Chief UN Representative for the American Family Association of New York and frequent observer of UN meetings, pointed out that while a pro-abortion speaker last week applauded herself as being "on the side of history,"pro-life advocates "are on the side of eternity!"