Documents asserting individual rights, such the Magna Carta (1215), the English Bill of Rights (1689), the French Declaration on the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789), and the US Constitution and Bill of Rights (1791) are the written precursors to many of today’s human rights documents.
It’ll come as no surprise to anyone that the National Women’s Council is out with (yet another) new campaign to repeal the right to life of preborn babies, all the while ignoring the evidence that abortion hurts women. It’s sad to think that in the 21st century some women still cling to the antiquated notion that abortion is somehow a liberating thing, when its actually the very opposite of what a progressive and compassionate society should make available to a woman in crisis.
WE ARE HEARING, with increasing regularity, that the United Nations is insisting that Ireland must legalise abortion. Since the primary mission of the UN is to protect human rights, this seems more than a little strange because you cannot, in my view, be a genuine human rights defender while calling for some human beings to be stripped of the most fundamental right of all, the right to life. A closer look at the reality behind the news headlines, however, makes two things abundantly clear.
Like the vast majority of Irish women, I’m not a member of the National Women’s Council. In fact, almost no-one is, in the same way that only a minority of people support the NWCI’s position on abortion. They want to legalise abortion-on-demand, paid for by the taxpayer. The baby’s rights are never mentioned, there’s no compassion for the life that is ended. It’s a pretty extreme stand to take, and the NWCI don’t speak for me, or for most women I know. But they still get wads of our cash to push for the legalisation of abortion. So, even though I profoundly disagree with their wholehearted support for abortion, I am still being forced to fund it through my taxes.