Saturday, May 6, 2017

UN Tries and Fails to Pressure Honduras to Legalize Abortion

(CFAM) — Honduran lawmakers refused to legalize abortion despite intense pressure from UN experts and international abortion activists. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández commented on the failed attempt to lift the 1983 criminal ban on abortion saying, “Only God has the right to take one’s life.”

Last week, article 196 of the new criminal code failed to make it to the Honduran Congress because it failed to make it out of committee. The article intended to legalize abortion in the case of rape, potentially life-threatening circumstances for the mother, and when the unborn child is thought to be fatally impaired.

On Thursday, the article was finally struck down by the Parliament, with a historical pro-life victory: 77 votes in favor, 5 against, and 8 abstentions.

The majority already expressed its intention to keep the law as it is, protecting life in all circumstances. The National party declared its resolute condemnation of any “legislative attempt to decriminalize abortion.” The party’s official statement says, “We believe in God” and “we love and defend life.” Even the Liberal party took the same position. Yuri Sabas, one of the Liberal Party leaders said, “We are a pro-life party.”

But according to national commentators, attempts to legalize abortion in Honduras came under an unprecedented international pressure. UN treaty bodies have been targeting Honduras pro-life laws for a decade.

A plethora of UN committees have come after Honduras claiming international law requires liberal abortion laws. It should be noted that these bodies do not have the authority to create international law including in the area of abortion. Nonetheless, they try.

In 2006, the UN Human Rights Committee charged that Honduras violated international law for its “unduly restrictive legislation on abortion.” It recommended amending Honduran law “to help women.” The UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review and the committee that monitors the UN treaty against torture offered similar recommendations. . . . Read More @LifeNews

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