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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

This is the U.N. we are supposed to trust?

(free registration required to view the piece)

The same U.N. who's trying to get abortion (to be exact, its euphemism, "reproductive health") listed as a "universal human right"?

The same U.N. who in 1979 adopted
"the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)...[an] international bill of rights for women proclaim[ing] women's civil, political, economic and cultural rights and their legal equality. It also addressed their reproductive rights, allowing them to choose freely the number and spacing of their children and to have access to the information, education and means to enable them to exercise these rights."[emphasis this author]

~ From a publication by the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia, The DC Voter, Vol. 74, No. 3, November 1998.
The actual details and text of that Convention, or treaty, are here: "The Convention is the only human rights treaty which affirms the reproductive rights of women."

"Reproductive rights."

Google on that, in quotes, and what do you get?
  1. "center for reproductive rights...The CEDAW Committee, which oversees implementation of the treaty, has been pivotal in promoting women’s reproductive rights around the world," by the Center for Reproductive Rights, which in an internal memo obtained December 2003 by the CFAM Institute, made the case that highlighting the unproven number of maternal deaths from illegal abortions could help guarantee a worldwide right to abortion. "'Because unsafe abortion is responsible for 78,000 deaths each year and hundreds of thousands of disabilities, criminalization of abortion clearly harms women's life and health,’ CRR’s memo said."

    We posted on the shredding of that myth here.

  2. "prochoiceamerica.org : NARAL Pro-Choice America... Decides? A state-by-state report on the Status of Women's Reproductive Rights..."
  3. "American Civil Liberties Union...Since its inception in 1920, the ACLU has recognized that personal privacy and reproductive rights are among our most important constitutional liberties...." [author's note: we helped shred that myth too, here]
  4. "NARAL Pro-Choice California...Learn more about reproductive rights..."
  5. "NOW and Abortion Rights/Reproductive Issues... Difference (2/04). General Information: NOW's history of fighting for Reproductive Rights and Abortion Rights..."
I think we get the drift. No one much argues anymore that:
"Reproductive rights > or = abortion rights."
("RRs include or are equal to Ab.Rs")

This site is a decent treatise on some of the history and progress or lack thereof of the U.N. regarding women and families. Of note was this story:
"At a [U.N.] conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1997, Professor Mary Ann Glendon of Harvard Law School described her first encounter with how the UN promotes norms, which move away from the importance of the family. When she first read the draft conference document prepared by the UN Committee on the Status of Women, she wrote:

"'I could hardly believe my eyes. How was it possible that the proposed program of action for a women's conference barely mentioned marriage, motherhood, or family life anywhere in its 149 pages? And that when marriage and family life -- and even religion -- were mentioned, they were presented mainly in a negative light -- as sources of oppression, or obstacles to women's progress?'"
The Washington Post article says the report was made this past July of "68 cases of alleged rape, prostitution and pedophilia by U.N. peacekeepers...particularly prostitution of minors" and more than 150 allegations in 6 countries, including "three cases of alleged rape by Nepalese peacekeepers, including the alleged abduction and rape of a 10-year-old girl in a U.N. armored personnel carrier."

The Oil for Food deal was bad enough. But this is infinitely worse.

[Thanks to the ideally-named Pajama Hadin blog for the link.]

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