Leave it to the U.N. The same august body that promoted Iran and Saudi Arabia to key posts on its Human Rights Committees, including the U.N. Economic and Social Council’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), has now vigorously defended abortion in an advanced draft of a “general comment” on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
And the language promoting abortion falls under a heading. Really.
United Nation’s “general comments” are interpretations of provisions in treaties to which it is a party. This “comment” says, among many other things, that states should not apply criminal sanctions against women and girls undergoing abortion or against the medical service providers conducting the abortions, since doing so would “compel women and girls to resort to unsafe abortion.” It also declares that states should remove any existing barriers to abortion, including those “caused as a result of the exercise of conscientious objection by individual medical providers.”
Yes, the U.N. should trump individual’s most devoutly held religious beliefs. Talk about one-world government. The general comment, though not legally binding, will surely be referenced by parties that enforce the treaty when ruling on specific cases.
The Human Rights Committee has declared abortion to be a “fundamental human right,” derived from the right to life protected by its International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Neither the “Human Rights Committee,” nor any other U.N. body, has the power to create human rights. Our rights cannot be derived from the ICCPR. They do not come from man. If our rights come from this woman here, or that organization there, we have no rights at all.
No one has the “right” to not be “burdened” with a child even though they carelessly engaged in the only activity that can create one. No one has the “right” to kill this baby, keep that one, discard this child and accept that one, as if they were nothing more than playing cards.
There are no such things as positive rights, though progressives everywhere are touting them to the exclusion of actual rights. No one has the “right” to be a millionaire. No one has the “right” to never get sick, to a $20-an-hour minimum wage or to never have anyone disagree with them.
Negative rights protect each and every individual from harm due to the actions of others, namely government. Because you were born human, you have inherent, natural rights granted by your Creator, rights that no man has the right to take from you. This realization/declaration was a long time coming, hence countless millions suffered at the hands of kings and despots, dictators and madmen. Hence Nazi Germany, Kristallnacht and the Holocaust. Hence the Soviet Union, KGB and the Gulags.
Government does not have the right to imprison you because of the color of your skin or your religious beliefs. Government does not have the right to tax you arbitrarily and without representation. Government does not have the right to kill you simply because of your sexual orientation or because it doesn’t like your slacks. Government does not have the “right” to compel you to bake a cake for a trans-gendered couple.
As long as your actions don’t directly harm others, you inherently possess the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Even if you are a small person in the womb.
That is why there is no “right” to abortion.
No matter what the U.N. says.