The UN and the Right to Life

The UN can be a hostile place for Pro-Lifers and that has led many to believe that the institution itself is anti-life.The point I want to make in this article is that though the UN may be dominated by those who believe the unborn have no rights, this is not the natural position of the Institution itself. Indeed abortion is in direct contradiction of the UN charter of human rights.

In the preamble the charter states that it recognizes the “inalienable rights of all members of the human family”. This means that not only can theses rights not be taken away but that they are given to all human beings without condition. This means that any claim that a certain member of of species is too young or too mentally disabled to qualify for basic human rights is in direct contravention of the charter.

When you take this in conjunction with Article 3 which says “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. It is clear that those who use the UN as a vehicle to push a Pro abortion agenda are being grossly inconsistent. On one hand they are asking us to accept a supposed right to abort on demand while ignoring the clearly defined inalienable right to life of all unborn children.

Finally I would like to address a common objection which is put forward by the pro abortion movement. They often sight Article 1 which says “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” They argue that this means that only those who are born have the rights set fourth in the charter.

This however is really a misreading. Article one is saying that when children are born they already have these inalienable rights. It is not saying that the unborn do not have these rights nor is it saying that birth is a condition of receiving them.

If we go back to the preamble, we see that it clearly states that the rights of the charter belong to all members of the human family. Unborn children are scientifically undeniably human therefor it would seem strange and illogical to not include them as members of the human family. In numerous places throughout the charter (including Article 1) it also states that the theses rights belong to all human beings. So again since it is an undeniable fact that unborn children are human beings it would be illogical to exclude them.

It would seem that the reason the term born was used is because that when the charter was being written, it was upon birth that the fundamental Human rights began to be abused. Now however rights are under attack right from conception.

So next time someone challenges you about abortion rights, hold your ground and hold true to the UN charter.

James Leach


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