Equal Rights Amendment
Equal Rights Amendment UpdateWe are happy to report that the ERA was not called for a vote this week. Thank you for all your hard work to contact your legislators and reach out to others to engage their help on this important issue. Your efforts combined with divine intervention kept the ERA from moving forward. Your voices were truly heard in Springfield this week!
The resolution to ratify the ERA still remains on the table and can still be voted on, but the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House will not meet again until mid January 2018. Click here for more
October 26, 2016
United Nations: Promotion of Access to Abortion for Refugees and Migrants
A close examination of the noble sounding declaration, however, reveals that one group will not have their lives saved or their rights protected-unborn children.
In a long list of commitments, the Declaration regrettably includes in point #31 a commitment to “provide access to sexual and reproductive health-care services”. Abortion is considered by most to be a “reproductive health-care service”.
The following day, the insidious promotion of abortion was confirmed as a draft companion set of principles was released by Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and a former director of Amnesty International. Gilmore explained that the Principles and Guidelines, supported by practical guidance, on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable situations within large and/or mixed movements is meant to provide “brave principled leadership” to put the ideals expressed in the Declaration into practice.
One section is especially troubling for its inclusion of abortion. Principle 12: “Right to health” states in Guideline #4:
“Provide access to rights-based, comprehensive and integrated sexual and reproductive health information and services, including, inter alia, safe and effective methods of modern contraception; emergency contraception; maternal health care including emergency obstetric services, pre- and post-natal care; safe abortion care; prevention, treatment, care and support for sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and specialized care for survivors of sexual violence. Provide, as a priority, a minimum initial service package for reproductive health.”
The 20 draft principles are being developed by Global Migration Group’s Working Group on Human Rights and Gender which is co-chaired by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UN Women, two UN entities known for pro-abortion activism.
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