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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Concern rises over abortion language in UN draft treaty

The inclusion of unprecedented language in a draft treaty to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities; allowing sexual and reproductive health services to become a human right, was met by widespread support of governments participating in a United Nations session. However, it is feared that the language that the document could be used to turn abortion rights into international law. Pro-life NGOs around the globe are concerned that no EU member states have challenged the language, including Malta amongst other states where abortion is either illegal or heavily restricted. Among such countries are also Portugal, Poland and Ireland. According to the Catholic News website, the draft article reads that persons with disabilities are to be provided with the same range and standard of health and rehabilitation services as provided other citizens, including sexual and reproductive health services, where according to the same source, in UN vernacular, sexual and reproductive services translates as abortion.  By Ruth Davies, (last visited August 28, 2005).

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