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Western plan to impose abortion overseas revealed

18 October 2007

Western plan to impose abortion overseas revealed London, 18 October 2007 - Amnesty International and other agencies based in the Western world have revealed their plans to exploit international human rights law to force developing countries to allow abortion. At the Women Deliver conference being held in London, Stephanie Schlitt of Amnesty International told delegates that states had "obligations beyond borders" to defend and promote "sexual and reproductive health" - a term commonly used to include abortion on demand. Ms Schlitt said that Amnesty will work for the repeal of laws against abortion, and spoke of how Amnesty is re-interpreting the right to life to include access to sexual and reproductive health. Luisa Cabal of the Center for Reproductive Rights said that: "Litigation in national and international fora plays a key role in both setting precedents and ensuring government accountability through the use of international human rights standards." Cabal said that among the goals of such litigation were "to change national policies" and "to force the creation of regulation of reproductive health care". This means that the pro-abortion lobby plans to take countries to court if they don't change their laws to allow abortion as a human right. John Smeaton, national director of the UK-based Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), commented: "Amnesty International, which was founded to protect the right to life, is now undermining the protection given to unborn children found in international human rights instruments. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises the need for special protection for children both before and after birth. All nations, especially developing ones, should reject any attempt to impose abortion, which hurts women and kills children."

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