Saturday, November 17, 2007

Right-to-life debate unexpectedly erupts at UN

Perhaps for the first time ever, a debate about protecting the unborn child from abortion erupted in the UN Third Committee of the General Assembly on November 15, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) reports.

Led by mostly Muslim states, the effort was at least partly an attempt to strike at the efforts of the European Union-led resolution condemning the death penalty, Samantha Singson reports in C-Fam's Friday Fax.

Several sponsors of the death-penalty resolution argued that the right to life amendments were not in keeping with the main focus of the text and that they were merely introduced to sow confusion and division. The representative of Egypt stated that since the resolution was aimed at respecting life, it was appropriate to widen the scope to include protection of innocent human life. [....Snip] Catholic World News

The amendment and a similarly worded substitute amendment were rejected in a recorded vote of 28 for, 83 against with 47 abstentions. But the issue will be heard again, you can be sure.

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