Major pro-life documents will help nations resist UN pressure to

The articles were launched this week in the UN press briefing room at UN
headquarters in New York.

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NEW YORK, October 7, 2011 (C-FAM) – It is commonplace now for UN officials
and American law professors to tell foreign governments that they are
required by international law to liberalize their abortion laws. Just last
month the UN Special Rapporteur on Health issued a report making this claim.
The Secretary General endorsed his report. Shortly thereafter the UN High
Commission on Human Rights said the same thing.

Pro-life activists have been saying for years that this is a false
assertion. Even so, some governments have started to listen and to
liberalize their laws. The High Court of Colombia changed their abortion
laws based on these assertions from a UN committee. Two judges on the
Mexican High Court have made these assertions also.

Enter the San Jose Articles, which were launched this week in the UN press
briefing room at UN headquarters in New York. Professor Robert George told
UN press and observers that the San Jose Articles were drafted for the
purpose of helping government officials fight back against such assertions.

“The San Jose Articles were drafted by a large group of experts in law,
medicine, and public policy. The Articles will support and assist those
around the world who are coming under pressure from UN personnel and others
who say falsely that governments are required by international law to repeal
domestic laws protecting human beings in the embryonic and fetal stages of
development against the violence of abortion” said George.

Ambassador Joseph Rees, former US Ambassador to East Timor and one time US
representative to the UN Economic and Social Council joined George at the
press briefing. Rees said, “When I was in Timor I witnessed first-hand a
sustained effort by some international civil servants and representatives of
foreign NGOs to bully a small developing country into repealing its pro-life
laws. The problem is that people on the ground, even government officials,
have little with which to refute the extravagant claim that abortion is an
internationally recognized human right. The San Jose Articles are intended
to help them fight back.”

The Articles were a year in the making including a two-day negotiating
session in San Jose, Costa Rica in March. Altogether 29 experts helped draft
and sign the document. Signatories to the Articles include Professor John
Finnis of Oxford, Professor John Haldane of the University of St. Andrews,
Francisco Tatad, the former majority leader of the Philippine Senate, Javier
Borrego, former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Professor
Carter Snead of UNESCO’s international committee on bioethics, and Lord
Nicholas Windsor an outspoken pro-life proponent who is a member of the
British Royal Family.

In the coming days, the Articles will be launched in the British House of
Lords, the European Parliament, and the Italian Parliament, also in Madrid,
Washington DC, Santiago, Manila, Buenos Aires, Calgary and San Jose.

The Articles can be viewed at a website, also launched this week, at

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