A petition of 330,000 names asking for the protection of the unborn child is being presented at the United Nations on December 10 to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The petition, organised by a coalition of socially conservative groups from around the world, calls for member states of the UN to interpret the Universal Declaration as protecting the unborn child from abortion and protecting the traditional family.

The group formed in response and in opposition to petition efforts by pro-abortion groups International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International that are calling for a right to abortion on the significant human rights anniversary.

“We are proud not only to match but far surpass the efforts of pro-abortion groups,” said Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), the primary organizer of the petition drive. “We launched our drive only two months ago and have generated more than 300,000 names from all over the world.” Ruse added, “I suspect that Marie Stopes and IPPF will present a few thousand names. This shows what we have known all along; that abortion is supported mostly by elites while every day people are for protecting the unborn child.”

The Pro-Life Federation of Poland, the Institute of Family Policy of Spain, United Families International of the US, and US-based Concerned Women for America will join C-FAM in presenting the petition at UN New York headquarters and in private meetings with ambassadors.

The UN Petition for the Unborn Child and the Family asserts that the rights presented in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are inherent to every person and that governments should extend the right to life to all members of the human family, including the unborn child. The petition also calls on governments to: protect the family “as the fundamental group unit of society,” give special assistance to motherhood and childhood, and promote the rights of parents. ~ C-FAM Press Release, Dec 9

 

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet