By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D
Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam)
NEW YORK, April 15 (C-Fam) A committee in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords claims abortion must be provided to survivors of wartime rape as a matter of both human rights law and international humanitarian law. In a report published this week, the committee harshly criticizes the United States for its law blocking funding for abortions in foreign countries.
The claim to an international right to abortion is eccentric and disputed. In a recent law review article, C-Fam’s Susan Yoshihara presents a detailed analysis of how the opinions of elite international bureaucrats and recommendations of experts on UN committees assert falsely that such a right already exists.
More recently, the laws of war have been seized upon, spearheaded by the abortion advocacy group Global Justice Center and a few allies, including some in the House of Lords.