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Pro life success at Rio as abortion excluded from outcome document, report SPUC lobbyists

20 June 2012

Pro-life success at Rio as abortion excluded from outcome document, report SPUC lobbyists 20 June 2012: The Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development has witnessed a notable pro-life success, with abortion being excluded from the text of the conference's outcome document.

The report of the pro-life success comes from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) a UN-recognised non-governmental organisation (NGO) which lobbied throughout the document's negotiations and in the conference's preparatory sessions.

Pat Buckley, one of SPUC's UN representatives, reported*: "The outcome document (known as 'The Future We Want') has been a major battleground for months with attempts to insert anti-life measures including abortion and population control under the guise of so-called 'reproductive rights' or 'reproductive health services'. The finally-agreed text, to be signed by heads of state on Friday, has no reference to 'reproductive rights' and no mention of 'reproductive health services'.  

"This pro-life success was won by a group of countries together with the Holy See, among others including Russia, Poland and several Latin American countries. Pro-abortion groups are furious at the result. The next phase of the Rio+20 meeting begins today with the high-level meeting of leaders who must vote on the text's adoption."

The pro-life success is particularly welcome considering last week's call by world science academies for the Rio conference to adopt a policy of world population control

[SPUC, 19 June ]

*With thanks to Marie Smith of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PCNI) SPUC's communications department can be contacted on: * mobile +44 (0)7939 177683 * direct dial landline +44 (0)20 7820 3129 * email * Twitter @spucprolife

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