Top UN official slams Vatican’s pro-life stand: conference in Philippines
Senior UN officials disparaged the Holy See and dismissed nations as subordinate to UN bureaucrats at a controversial conference in the Philippines. Pro-lifers picketed outside and filed a lawsuit against the conference for advocating a criminal act, reports LifeSiteNews.
A judge declined to halt the meeting, calling it an academic discussion. According to the ruling, “it was not shown by plaintiff that abortion is being practiced, tolerated, or encouraged.” Abortion is illegal in the Philippines.
James Imbong, attorney for Pro-Life Philippines, disagreed. “Most of the talks are about right to abortion. How can there be right to abortion when abortion is a crime based on Philippine laws?"
One speaker criticized the Holy See for blocking an international right to abortion at the landmark 1994 Cairo conference on population. Nafis Sadik, former head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and current special advisor to the UN Secretary-General, obliquely referenced the Holy See as the reason abortion was not accepted as a right: “I won’t name the particular country, but maybe all of you know it, that particular country with a very small population of only men.”
There is a “rational discussion to be had in every society about the conditions under which abortion is permissible,” Sadik allowed. “But whatever the outcome, whenever abortion is legal, it must be safe.” This is the “minimum consensus position” from Cairo. But, she complained, this “consensus does not address the rights of women who need an abortion where it is not legal.”