The Bottom Five: The Worst Events of 2013

abortion-rightsThe global abortion lobby has been starved for victories for quite some time. Even so, they made some advances this past year. We call these the Bottom Five, the worst events in 2013

1.  Women Deliver

Abortion groups highly anticipate this global conference on women’s health. This year it featured clandestine abortionists, late term abortionists and pro-infanticide philosopher Peter Singer in a program that equated women’s health with contraception and abortion, but ignored some of the most basic needs of women. C-FAM staff attended Women Deliver exposing efforts to make abortion available where it is illegal using misoprostol, a drug that — even advocates admit — is more effective as an abortifacient than its stated purpose of stopping hemorrhaging. Melinda Gates was at the conference to promote the Gates Foundation family planning initiative, which supposedly had nothing to do with abortion. C-FAM has analyzed the premises of these policies.

2. Abortion Groups Keep Population Control on the UN Agenda

As nations perform a 20-year review of population policies that include family planning and abortion, the agency in charge of the review has put abortion groups at the helm. They want countries to spend more money on policies that have an overall effect of reducing populations. Governments spent $60 billion last year on population policies that originated at the 1994 Cairo Conference on Population and Development. Recipients of that money include the United Nations Population Fund, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International, Ipas, and groups that promote abortion, contraception and sterilization as a panacea for the world’s problems.

3. France and the UK Enact Homosexual Marriage Laws

President Francois Hollande imposed homosexual marriage on France by seeking to silence opponents and rushing to a vote on the law. But the French people staged monumental demonstrations, bringing over 1 million people to the streets of Paris. Families with children, elderly men and women, and youth were beaten, tear gassed, and jailed – actions for which France was scolded by the Council of Europe and at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. This was not so for the Brits. In the United Kingdom marriage defenders were barely able to muster a whimper as their parliament voted on marriage for homosexuals.

4. UNICEF Claims Children Have Right to Confidential Abortion

The UN children’s agency (UNICEF) called on countries to recognize a right of children to confidential sexual and reproductive health services and information. They followed the lead of UN “experts” that monitor the Convention on the Rights of the Child. They say children must have confidential access to “safe abortion” and the morning after pill among other things. Though countries may ignore experts, they must pay attention to UN agencies and programs because they provide money and other forms of aid. Unfortunately, UNICEF has joined the ranks of those who hold sexual autonomy as the highest human rights norm.

5. UN Committee Says Abortion is a Right in Situations of War

The global abortion lobby’s latest effort is to manufacture a right to abortion for women who are victims of rape in situations of war. They were at UN headquarters during the annual Commission on the Status of Women in the Spring and again in the Summer to lobby the UN Security Council, albeit without success. The UN committee that monitors the UN’s women’s treaty gave abortion groups a lifeline when it issued a recommendation that abortion is a right in situations of conflict. The committee’s opinions have no real authority, but abortion groups and UN staff will tout them as authoritative to pressure governments to change their laws.

This article is courtesy the "Friday Fax" of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM).