UN report proclaims nations not allowing abortion are allowing ‘torture and ill treatment’ of women
On International Women’s Day, the United Nations is coming under criticism for a report claiming that nations that fail to allow legalized abortion are allowing the “torture and ill treatment” of women.
Juan E. Mendez, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture, and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Punishment, says not allowing women a chance to detect fetal abnormalities before birth, and having a chance to kill their baby in an abortion if such problems are detected, is wrong.
“International and regional human rights bodies have begun to recognize that abuse and mistreatment of women seeking reproductive health services can cause tremendous and lasting physical and emotional suffering, inflicted on the basis of gender. Examples of such violations include…denial of legally available health services such as abortion and post-abortion care,” he said in the report, saying he was promoting “the reproductive rights practices in health-care settings that he believes amount to torture or ill-treatment.”
“In the case of R.R. v. Poland, for instance, ECHR found a violation of article 3 in the case of a woman who was denied access to prenatal genetic testing when an ultrasound revealed a potential foetal abnormality,” observes the Special Rapporteur in paragraph 78.
Such screening “is imperative to a woman’s ability to exercise reproductive autonomy, and the rights to health and to physical integrity,” he wrote.
Another item that falls under “torture,” according to Mendez, is refusing to change people’s gender classification on their birth certificates and other official documents without first carrying out “sex-reassignment” surgery.
Here’s the link to the report
Stefano Gennarini, director of the Center for Legal Studies at C-FAM, told LifeSiteNews.com that Mendez’ statements are yet another example of special rapporteurs trying to “fabricate obligations on states, or create new obligations on states that never agreed to them in any binding international agreement, no in any consensus document.”
If anything, he said, international law prohibits abortion.
“It certainly has no basis in international law,” said Gennarini. “Neither the convention against torture, nor any other UN treaty, speaks about abortion. If anything, there are several UN treaties that have pro-natalist provisions, provisions that say that children should be protected, including the preamble to the convention on the rights of the child, as well as the prohibition for prescribing the death penalty for pregnant women, for example.”