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Unborn Children Not Considered Worthy of Right to Live by U.N. Human Rights Committee

Stefano Gennarini : Nov 6, 2017  Lifesitenews.com

No expert expressed concern for children in the womb capable of feeling pain, or brought up the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which expressly requires states to protect children "before birth."

(New York, NY)—[Lifesitenews.com] Despite pleas from more than one hundred governments and pro-life organizations, including the United States and Poland, the UN Human Rights Committee has excluded unborn children from the right-to-life in international law this week in Geneva. (Photo: Mother and baby/Creative Commons/via Pixabay)

"I was worried for a minute we would discuss the word limit for separate opinions," joked Yuval Shany. The Israeli law professor was mocking pro-life concerns as the committee rushed through a second reading of a controversial draft commentary on the right-to-life in what is perhaps the most important UN human rights treaty.

Shany, who has been in charge of the draft for two years, knew there would be no dissent. The 18 members of the committee that records the state efforts to implement the treaty unanimously agreed on a text that in some respects is more extreme than the previous one.

The committee added language about access to abortion not just being a right under the covenant, but that it must also be "affordable" and "effective," as abortion groups recommended to the committee. U.S. law professor Sarah Cleveland said this was needed to make it easier for rape victims to obtain abortions.

No expert expressed concern for children in the womb capable of feeling pain, or brought up the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which expressly requires states to protect children "before birth."

"I am very sensitive to my conscience," said Mauro Politi at one point. The Italian professor's conscience was not troubled by abortion itself, but the need to ensure women are able to abort their unborn children in cases of rape, disability, or when a mother's life is at risk.

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