Moratorium on Abortion: Letter to the United Nation Secretary General

Moratorium on abortion

Letter to the United Nation Secretary General

We publish here below the letter to the United Nation Secretary General that has been already supported by international personalities. Spread it through the English -speaking world and make people support it. Accessions could also be sent to moratoria@ilfoglio.it

Dear Dr Ban Ki-Moon – Secretary General of the United Nations
Dear Honourable Prime Ministers and Heads of State of the United Nations

Over the last 60 years, notable measures have been adopted and efforts made to strengthen the legal framework designed to ensure the ideals expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was approved in Paris on 10 December 1948. Over the last thirty years, more than a billion abortions have been performed, at an average of roughly 50 million a year. According to the latest report by the United Nations Population Fund, in China, tens of millions of unborn children are in danger of being aborted – through incentives or coercion – in the name of family planning and national demographics. In India, millions of babies have been eliminated prior to birth over the last 20 years for sexist reasons. In Asia, the demographic balance is threatened by mass infanticide, which is taking on extraordinary proportions. In North Korea, the use of selective abortion is leading to a radical way of eliminating all forms of disability. In the western world, abortion has also become the tool of a new form of eugenics that is violating the rights of unborn children and equality among mankind. Originally, prenatal diagnosis was designed to help people prepare and care for their unborn children, but it is becoming a way a improving the human race and, in doing so, destroying the universalistic ideals that underlie the Universal Declaration of 1948.

We are calling on you to look at our request for a moratorium on public policies that encourage any form of unjustified or selective enslavement of a human being in the womb through the arbitrary use of the power to annihilate, which violates the right to birth and to motherhood. Article 3 of the Universal Declaration states that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. We are calling on the representatives of national governments to back a key amendment to this part of the declaration, by adding in, after the first comma, the words “from conception to natural death”. Indeed, the Universal Declaration refers to “equal and inalienable” human rights and solemnly proclaims the “inherent dignity…of all members of the human family” (Preamble). Science has shown us – and some of the major discoveries in the field of genetics come after the declaration – the irrefutable presence from the first stage of development of the human genetic pattern in the embryo, a pattern that is unique and unrepeatable. In 1984, the Warnock Commission in the UK determined that 14 days after conception an embryo is not only a human being, but also entitled to the right not to be used for experimental purposes.

Governments must preserve and protect these natural rights, which include “the right to inherit a genetic pattern which has not been artificially changed”.
The 1948 Declaration was the response by the free world and international law to the crimes against humanity that had been prosecuted at Nuremberg three years earlier. In 1948, in response to the eugenic practices of the Nazis, the World Medical Association adopted the Declaration of Geneva, which stated: “I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from its beginning”. Article 6 of the United Nations’ International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) sets out that “Every human being has the inherent right to life”. Today, selective abortion and selective in vitro engineering are the main ways in which eugenic, racial and sexual discrimination are perpetrated against human beings.

These are the same human being who are protected by article 6 of the United Nations charter of rights. Sixty years on from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights it is necessary to renew the primary basis of our humanitarian inspiration through an amendment to article 3. As such, we call on all governments to truly ensure the respect of the rights of people, including above all the right to life.

Yours faithfully


René Girard, anthropologist member of Académie française,
Lord David Alton, member of the House of Lords
Roger Scruton, British philosopher at Birbeck College
John Haldane, Philosphy professor at St. Andrews University
George Weigel, biographer of Karol Wojtyla and Joseph Ratzinger
Robert Spaemann, Philosophy professor emeritus at Universität of Munich
Sister Nirmala Joshi, General mother superior of Missionaries of Charity
Josephine Quintavalle, director of Comment on Reproductive Ethics
Paola Bonzi, Center for life help at Mangiagalli Clinic of Milan
Pierre Mertens, president of the International Federation for Spina Bifida, Jean-Marie Le Mené, president of Fondation Jérôme Lejeune
Alan Craig, president of British Christian Peoples Alliance
Richard John Neuhaus, chief editor of di First Things
Carlo Casini, president of Movimento per la vita Italy
Lucetta Scaraffia, professor of history at Università La Sapienza di Roma
Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother

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2 thoughts on “Moratorium on Abortion: Letter to the United Nation Secretary General”

  1. I support the letter, as I am also pro-life. However, it is time to understand that there are many kinds of abortions. To be pro-life but allow or induce the abortion of life-long human development is a contradiction and reduces the credibility of the pro-life movement. One example of such mid-life abortions is the refusal by some religious institutions to include women in roles of religious authority (for example, the refusal by the Roman Catholic Church to ordain women to the priesthood). If the untested vocation of a person is aborted …. isn’t that equivalent to aborting the most significant part of a person’s life? Aborting the priestly vocation of women is based on the concept that women are sub-human, and using Christ as the scapegoat for this atrocity, cannot possibly be for the glory of God and the good of humanity.

    Sincerely,
    Luis

  2. Thanks Luis for your response…

    You said:

    I support the letter, as I am also pro-life. However, it is time to understand that there are many kinds of abortions. To be pro-life but allow or induce the abortion of life-long human development I support is a contradiction and reduces the credibility of the pro-life movement.

    First, I’m most thankful for your support of the moratorium. I am, however, a bit confused on your reasoning in terms of relating an obvious holocaust of innocent life with that of a current social movement. for example…,

    You said,

    One example of such mid-life abortions is the refusal by some religious institutions to include women in roles of religious authority (for example, the refusal by the Roman Catholic Church to ordain women to the priesthood).

    Here, I believe there is a misunderstanding on your part concerning the reasons (sacred) that the Catholic Church does not ordain women to the priesthood. The short answer is that the Church views the ordination of men alone as the will of Christ, and does not understand Herself as having the authority to ordain women. Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church states on the subject:

    1577 “Only a baptized man (vir) validly receives sacred ordination.The Lord Jesus chose men (viri) to form the college of the twelve apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry. The college of bishops, with whom the priests are united in the priesthood, makes the college of the twelve an ever-present and ever-active reality until Christ’s return. The Church recognizes herself to be bound by this choice made by the Lord himself. For this reason the ordination of women is not possible.

    Here is a letter that might help you better understand the position of the Church on the matter of women’s ordination: Click here.

    You said:

    If the untested vocation of a person is aborted …. isn’t that equivalent to aborting the most significant part of a person’s life?

    And also:

    Aborting the priestly vocation of women is based on the concept that women are sub-human, and using Christ as the scapegoat for this atrocity, cannot possibly be for the glory of God and the good of humanity.

    No, to the first. If it is the will of Christ as stated above, as confirmed by the tradition of apostolic succession (guided by the Holy Spirit), then it is not God who is inspiring the modern movement of women’s ordination within the Church, but, a contrary spirit instead. I personally have been among those who both purport and support the movement, and there (from experience) is a spirit of rebellion towards Church authority present… I’m happy to report that this modern movement is slowly passing away, although, I am concerned for the state of some souls who have abandoned authentic Church teaching by ordaining themselves. (He who hears the Church, hears me…)

    As for the second, this is far from the truth on how the Church views women. Subhuman Luis? A bit drastic here. Consider, that after Christ Himself, the Blessed Mother of God ranks above even the Vicar of Christ on earth. The problem is, at least for modernists, is that Her all holy status has its origin in the gift of true humility and littleness in serving God according to Her state in life and God’s will. She is all-powerful by means of Her love for both God and man; She did not raise Herself up in order to gain sacred power that was not offered, but simply, gave her “yes” and said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word.” This, Luis, was the most powerful act of a woman ever found on earth, and as a man myself, I will always be eternally grateful for this woman acting on my behalf. Still today, all generations call Her blessed…

    For an authentic understanding of women’s roles within the Church I recommend the Declaration Inter Insigniores. It can be found as well on the site I mentioned above.

    Peace to you Luis and yours.

    jme

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