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05 / 12 / 2008 - Cóir warns of Radical Anti-Life, Anti-Family EU Documents
DUBLIN - Richard Greene, spokesman for the Irish sovereignty organization Cóir, has warned Irish pro-life and pro-family campaigners to expect the publication of documents, funded by the European Union, promoting abortion, euthanasia and other anti-life and anti-family practices. These documents are expected to call for "zero tolerance for dissent" - seeking to attack and eradicate the right to conscientious objection.
His comments came following the revelation by John Smeaton, director of the UK's Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), that several such documents had been published recently by the European Union and the UN. These documents promote, and increasingly recommend the enforcement, of the full programme of the abortion, euthanasia and anti-marriage movements. In particular they place abortion, euthanasia, etc. in the category of "human rights," implying that to deny access to them is to deny a fundamental human right.
A report by a UN ‘expert group’ of the UN Division for the Advancement of Women and the Office on Drugs and Crime, on “good practices in legislation on violence against women,” recommends that abortion be legalised without restriction in all the nations of the world. The working principle of this document is that withholding legal abortion is a form of "gender-based discrimination" and "violence against women." In the context of legislation on sexual assault, it says, countries should "provide for immediate access to comprehensive and integrated services, including pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, abortion services .. at the expense of the State."
Opinion amongst the international and transnational organisations that make up the working groups of the UN and EU is moving strongly against the concept of conscientious objection for medical professionals who oppose abortion, euthanasia or like practices. As Dr. Robert Walley, head of the ethical obstetrician's organisation MaterCare International, said at a recent conference in Rome, conscientious objector physicians are being forced out of practice.
"I left England over precisely what we're seeing now," Dr. Walley said in an interview with LifeSiteNews.com earlier this month. "I was told I had to do the abortions, or I could quit the specialty, or I could leave the country. So I left the country." Parallels have been drawn between the international trend and the Freedom of Choice Act in the US, widely believed to be top of President-elect Obama’s agenda, which would also attack conscientious objection.
That document, by the EU organisation charged with providing member states with guidance on human rights, also referred to "sexual orientation," euthanasia and assisted suicide in terms of "human rights." “We’ve seen the EU Fundamental Rights Agency pushing for same-sex marriage within weeks of the Lisbon vote,” said Mr Greene. “This trend will get worse if we allow the EU to take charge of our social laws.”
Source : Cóir