UN Human Rights Commissioner says abortion laws should not be pushed back

The UN’s human-rights commissioner has argued that governments have a responsibility to prevent “retrogressive measures” regarding abortion—in other words, efforts to restrict legal abortion in countries where the practice is legal.

Navanethem Pillay called for changes in all laws that restrict full access to “sexual and reproductive health services,” and urged governments to resist any pressure to allow any new restrictions. The UN official also said that governments should ensure that pro-life activists do not stop women from procuring abortions, saying that states must “protect against interference with sexual and reproductive health rights by third parties.”

Catholic Culture | 4th October 2012

3 Responses to UN Human Rights Commissioner says abortion laws should not be pushed back

  1. An abortion is a procedure to end a pregnancy. It uses medicine or surgery to remove the embryo or fetus and placenta from the uterus. The procedure is done by a licensed health care professional. The decision to end a pregnancy is very personal. If you are thinking of having an abortion, most healthcare providers advise counseling.;,….

  2. Abortion should simply be a medical procedure agreed to between a woman and her doctors. The law should not be involved. Women with access to money never have any problem in accessing reasonably safe abortions. it is the poor and often ignorant who suffer the greatest risk of death and injury. All right thinking people should be in support of women’s reproductive health rights, of good sex and relationships education , and the provision of the means for protection from infection and birth control .

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