UN places rights of unborn child at zero, says PLC
“New Government should not passively roll over and accept UN’s criticism of 8th Amendment” – Sherlock
The UN’s Human Rights Council today called on Ireland to change its pro-life laws in a number of areas that would involve repeal of the 8th Amendment. Today’s recommendations follow the hearings earlier this week in Geneva, where Ireland was questioned on a range of issues by the Human Rights Council as part of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review. Criticising today’s intervention by the UN, the Pro Life Campaign said the UN Human Rights Council has placed the rights of the unborn child at zero and ignored all the adverse mental health consequences of abortion for women.
Speaking after today’s report was issued, Cora Sherlock of the Pro Life Campaign said:
“The UN is fully aware that Ireland is one of the safest countries in the world for pregnant women. Yet in an abuse of the term ‘human rights’, it is spending a huge amount of time pushing abortion in Ireland while at the same time maintaining a noticeable silence regarding horrendous abuses in the abortion industry like what happens in Canada and England where babies born alive after botched abortions are routinely left to die alone without receiving any medical assistance. If this is what the UN’s new definition of human rights might look like, it is a very serious matter.
Ms Sherlock continued: “The new Government should not passively roll over and accept the UN’s criticism of the 8th Amendment, like the previous administration did. In effect the UN is pressuring Ireland to single out a vulnerable category of human beings and strip them of any legal protection. Today, the UN placed the rights of the unborn child at zero. Abortion advocates will call this ‘progress’ but they should not be allowed gloss over the fact that abortion involves ending the life of an innocent and defenceless baby who deserves our love and solidarity and the same chance at life that the rest of us were given.
“The UN appears to be seeking at every turn to sideline the rights of the unborn child and the negative after effects of abortion for women from the debate. They shouldn’t be congratulated for this. We need to honestly reflect on the enormity of what is being proposed and challenge it with confidence and commitment.”