By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
Center for Family and Human Rights
NEW YORK, June 19 (C-Fam) The UN Human Rights Committee was greeted Monday by a deluge of requests urging it to resist pressure to declare abortion a human right.
The committee will weigh in on abortion and euthanasia in a forthcoming note about the “right to life,” widely anticipated as the next step in the so far unsuccessful attempt to develop a human right to abortion through the UN bureaucracy.
The committee solicited the barrage when it asked for written contributions ahead of a discussion on Article 6 (Right to Life) of the UN treaty on civil and political rights to be held in Geneva this summer. A first draft of the note is expected soon after the discussion.
Over 30 organizations from around the world urged the committee to recognize the right to life of unborn children, or at least not recognize a right to abortion.
Not all came from groups that focus on pro-life issues.