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March 2, 2005

US stance on abortion draws fire

Topics: International News

It seems that our European friends are opposed to a move by the US to add anti-abortion language to a UN statement on women's rights, and of course this information comes from non-other than a "French" official.

According to a BBCNews report, the issue has dominated the proceedings of a UN session to review a landmark declaration adopted at the 1995 women's conference in Beijing. The US is seeking an amendment saying the document does not create a new human right to an abortion, and of course the French are saying that the declaration "should be accepted as it is".

Nicole Ameline, the French minister in charge of women's rights, said the 1995 document did not state that abortion was a right - but that specifically ruling this out in the 2005 document would send a wrong signal.

"It is very important not to give the impression to the world that there is a step back or a reinterpretation of this issue," she told the conference in New York.

Ms Ameline added that other EU countries shared this position.

What the French call "a step back," many would refer to as a step forward. Since when is the murder of the innocent a step forward? Haven't the Dutch already done enough damage with their Groningen Protocol?

Posted by Hyscience at March 2, 2005 2:00 PM

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