As most of the world's media focused on the recent election of Pope Francis as the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, few noticed as the Vatican came under attack at the United Nations, as reported by the Washington Times on March 13, 2013.
Correctly referred to as the Holy See within diplomatic circles, the UN charged the city state with "obstructing" the finalization of the 57th annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
As cited by The Washington Times, the following is a paragraph from text offered by the Holy See at last week’s negotiations in which The Holy See asked the UN to reaffirm the obligation and responsibility of all member nations to support and defend the basics of human rights to all citizens:
"Reaffirming the obligation of all States to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms, and reaffirming also that discrimination on the basis of sex is contrary to the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, … and other international human rights instruments and that its elimination is an integral part of efforts towards the elimination of all forms of violence against women."
The "Inherent Right To Life, Liberty And Security Of Persons" Deemed As Obstructionist...
The pro-life news portal, Life News recently opined:
"The Holy See is the only delegation at the UN that consistently condemns all forms of violence against women, including forced sterilization and abortion, and sex-selective abortion.
Most delegation, including the US and European countries don’t have qualms about ignoring these blatant human rights abuses. Instead they want to promote ambiguous terms that some countries and NGOs use as synonymous with abortion rights."
Raimundo Rojas, director of Hispanic outreach and representative to the UN for the National Right to Life Committee, explains that the Catholic stance against abortion is the driving factor for the UN's attack upon The Holy See:
"The Declarations enumerated by the Holy See demonstrate that the instruments for the protection of women are already in place within the structure of UN documents and the Holy See simply asked that these documents be reaffirmed and implemented. This was not an obstructive act.
But because some of these treaties and Declarations include language that recognizes the 'inherent right to life, liberty and security of persons,' the radical and extreme pro-abortion elements within the European Union and the delegation of the United States have blocked it and moved to have these treaties, even a mere mention of them, deleted from the current document."
Austin Ruse, president of Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, is also sounding a clarion call to all pro-life groups and members of various Faiths throughout the world to join them in support of:
"The Holy See and her allies at the UN Commission on the Status of Women … in upholding the inherent right to life for all human beings, opposing violence against women and girls, … [and] protecting women and girls from sexual exploitation and risky sexual behavior."
The Left Weighs In...
In a recent New York Times editorial, the Holy See was charged with joining in with Iran and Russia in an "unholy alliance" for defending the right to life for unborn children and that the abortion procedure is not a fundamental human right.
As the NYT also stated:
"The efforts by the Vatican and Iran to control women are well known."
Besides the decidedly leftist news portal AlterNet.org not realizing that The Holy See is a sovereign, independent nation, asked in its recent headline, "Will Pope Francis End Vatican's Obstructive Role at U.N.?"
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