April 5, 2013 – LifSiteNews
National delegates to the March 7 meeting of the UN Human Rights Council have rejected a report prepared on the “right of the child to the highest attainable standard of health,” after being warned by pro-life campaigners that it was a threat to parental rights and undermined their ability to protect children.
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) described the report by Navanethem Pillay, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, as “appalling” in its efforts to push abortion as part of a comprehensive strategy for children’s health.
A significant bloc of national delegates refused to endorse the report, including the African Group, which issued a statement saying that “hazardous behaviors among children, such as sexual activity among minors and drug use, should not be a justification to normalize these practices and accept them.”
The Egyptian delegate told the meeting that his country’s officials “express their deepest disappointment at the report.”
“Instead of providing a contribution to global and national efforts, the report presents a high-risk and culturally insensitive approach that disregards the priorities of the developing countries and departs from the main legal frame of reference embodied in” the Convention on the Rights of the Child, he said.
Delegates were warned in an analysis by Patrick Buckley, SPUC’s international affairs officer at the UN and EU, that the report “set out an agenda” for children’s health that highlighted “comprehensive sexuality education” and access to “confidential sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services” that included abortion.
SPUC director John Smeaton said that the defeat of the report is “a sign of better things to come – and shows what can be done when well-informed lobbying combines with the activities of nations, however weak they may be geopolitically, who are doing their best together to resist the population control imperialistic agenda of powerful western nations.”