The latest and most forceful is Newspeak. It changes the meaning of
words like “human rights” to embrace the cause of ending life at will,
which is antithetical to the very foundation of this global body as
elaborated in its original Charter.

And now, adding weight and gravity to the NGOs already using the
United Nations to advance an abortion agenda, the president of the
United States is calling on that body to spread access further. Access to abortion.

At United Nations (UN) headquarters this week, the Obama
administration continued its push for ever increasing access to legal
abortion around the world. The Obama team has introduced language that
has thrown a high level negotiation into a roil. The US proposal calls
for “universal access” to “sexual and reproductive health services
including universal access to family planning.” The document under
consideration will culminate in the 2009 Annual Ministerial Review,
which convenes next week in Geneva.

Note the word “services” after reproductive health. It’s like a land mine.

So controversial is the topic of “services” in the
context of “reproductive health” that the usually impenetrable
negotiating bloc of the 27 member European Union has imploded with
Malta, Poland and Ireland splitting from their allies and joining the
Holy See in opposing the measure.

In addition to the word “services,” delegates are also concerned
with attempts to link “sexual and reproductive health” to “universal
access,” something the UN has never agreed to and what would amount to
a major gain for pro-abortion forces. There have been numerous attempts
at the UN to insert language on “universal access to sexual and
reproductive health services.”  In 2005 at the Commission on Population
and Development, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) joined with
pro-abortion lobby groups to call for “universal access to sexual and
reproductive health services and programmes.” They were defeated in
large part by the Bush-appointed US delegates who insisted that none of
the terms related to reproductive health be interpreted to include
abortion.

In recent weeks the new US administration has interpreted
“reproductive health” to include abortion. In April, Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton told a US House subcommittee, “We [the Obama
administration] happen to think that family planning is an important
part of women’s health and reproductive health includes access to
abortion that I believe should be safe, legal and rare.” In this
statement, Clinton also contradicted the agreement reached at the Cairo
Conference which said that abortion can never be used as a part of
family planning.

This used to be clear and self-evident. It has only reached this
level of acceptance and threat to human life….threat from the United
Nations, no less…..because of delusion on a grand scale.

I visited the United Nations last weekend on a trip to New York.
Standing in front of the Marc Chagall ‘Peace Window’ I was astonished
by the visual depiction of the human family in our temporal and
spiritual history. Throughout the colorful panorama, I saw the image of
mother and child all over the place, from top to bottom and side to
side. It was compelling. I stood there thinking of all the pressure put
on the UN over all these years by abortion activists, to re-define
motherhood and women’s rights and thereby distort both out of known
proportion. It’s right here, I thought, artistic expression of the universal and timeless truth of the sacredness of human life. How can they not see?

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....