UN Declares Contraception a “Human Right”

By:  Dave Bohon
11/27/2012
       
UN Declares Contraception a “Human Right”

Contraception is now a human right, according to the United Nations. In its latest annual report, the United Nations Population Fund (formerly known as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, and still labeled UNFPA) declares that “family planning is a human right,” and “must therefore be available to all who want it.”

Contraception is now a human right, according to the United Nations. In its latest annual report, the United Nations Population Fund (formerly known as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities and still labeled UNFPA) declares that “family planning is a human right,” and “must therefore be available to all who want it.” The report goes on to warn, however, that “clearly this right has not yet been extended to all.” LifeSite News noted that the report represents the first time a UN agency has declared contraception — under which such items as condoms and birth control pills would fall — a human right.

The Washington Post reported that the UN document “effectively declares that legal, cultural, and financial barriers to accessing contraception and other family planning measures are an infringement of women’s rights.” The Post added, however, that the report “isn’t binding and has no legal effect on national laws.”

While the report stopped short of including abortion under the “universal right” mantle, Brian Clowes of the Catholic organization Human Life International warned that such a demand is an inevitable next step, telling LifeSite News: “What is to stop the UNFPA from declaring that abortion is a basic ‘human right,’ as they have already attempted to do several times, especially in light of the relentless UN drive to legalize abortion all over the world?”

Even the report's title, By Choice, Not by Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development, seems to leave open the option of abortion, and the report itself endorses the use of so-called “emergency” contraception in the form of the “morning after” pills that serve as abortifacients because they prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg.

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