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31 / 07 / 2008 - UN Committee tries to ``bully`` Northern Ireland into legalising abortion
Precious Life has reacted angrily to a report from a United Nations committee calling for a change to Northern Ireland's abortion law. The pro-life group accused CEDAW (Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) of trying to 'bully' Northern Ireland into legalising abortion.
Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth stated, "CEDAW is obsessed with abortion and has a long history of bullying countries where abortion is illegal or restricted. Now there are trying to bully Northern Ireland into legalising abortion."
CEDAW's report claimed that abortion being illegal in Northern Ireland has "detrimental consequences for women’s health."
Bernadette Smyth said, "In reality, because of our laws protecting mothers and their unborn babies, the maternal mortality rate in Northern Ireland is the lowest in the UK. If CEDAW were genuinely concerned about women's heath they would acknowledge the devastating physical and psychological harm caused to women who undergo abortion."
Mrs Smyth called for CEDAW's report to be rejected. She explained, "CEDAW’s definition of 'discrimination' is all-encompassing and dangerous. It goes beyond trying to establish equality, which our laws already afford women. CEDAW's support for abortion under the guise of 'women's equality' is based on their warped notion that, because men don't give birth, then women shouldn't have to either. CEDAW can't seem to grasp the simple fact that, although equal, men and women are not the same. CEDAW is fundamentally flawed and their report should be rejected out of hand".
CEDAW's report coincides with moves by a group of Westminster MPs to have the Abortion Act extended to Northern Ireland, despite opposition from NI church and political leaders.
Bernadette Smyth concluded "We will not be bullied by CEDAW or Westminster. Any legislation regarding abortion in Northern Ireland should be a matter for our Assembly. Precious Life, together with other local pro-life groups, will be meeting with the Assembly's All Party Pro-Life Group to develop a united strategy against these latest abortion threats to Northern Ireland."