Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The UN strives to protect children, or not

The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute reported in last week's Friday Fax that the United Nations is pushing for legislation to ensure so-called sexual and reproductive rights for children. Their definition of children? Age 10-24.

So, if A=B and B=C, then A=C, and the UN is telling us that reproductive rights, their code for abortion and unrestricted access to contraceptives, ought to be available for children as young as 10. A simple knowledge of biological development shows that puberty usually doesn't start until 12 for girls and 14 for boys.

The UN presents their plan as a method by which they will reduce poverty in third-world conditions. On the contrary, they are destroying the innocence of the future generations, driving them in to further poverty and despair by force-feeding them lies about their own human sexuality. It's time for human rights organizations focus more on protecting human rights and innocence, providing for their real needs such as housing, nutrition and healthcare, rather than creating bigger problems by pushing an agenda on a vulnerable people.

Why would these pre-pubescent children need access to abortion and contraception? My speculation is to cover up for sexual abuse, to reduce the population of these poorer countries, and to continue to demonstrate tyrannical control over their personal lives. This is a grave violation of human rights and dignity. It creates a situation in which young girls and young women become the objects of abuse not only from abortion itself, but also from the events that lead up to her abortion: unjust sexual crimes committed against her person for the sake of the gratification of her aggressor. I speculate that few pre-pubescent or pubescent girls, especially those in third world countries, willingly submit to sexual relations, but only submit due to social or personal pressures from men who desire sexual gratification.

Men who abuse women sexually, emotionally and physically ought to be reprimanded. Their activity ought not be condoned or encouraged. In lieu of fostering vice in our young boys through unrestricted access to contraception, we ought to foster virtue through encouraging self-control, fidelity and respect for women. Tragically, in some cultures, many young boys do not grow up with a strong role model in their fathers, uncles, brothers and community. They, in turn, imitate the vice they grow up with. Consequently, this despair and abuse is passed from one generation to another.

World leaders are catching on that abortion is violence against women. As reported by Friday Fax a few weeks ago, Krisztina Morvai of Hungary commented on her disagreement with the obsession of the UN on creating accessibility to abortion when she said, "one thing that is invisible and lost in the debate is that abortion is bad for women.

"No woman actually wants to have an abortion. We have this illusion that women have free choices. But abortion is a terribly damaging thing psychologically, spiritually and physically."

Ms. Morvai also looks forward to the day when abortion will be seen for what it is, "torture in the field of human rights."

The responsibility for abortion must also be placed on men, she states. After all, most women resort to abortion not because they desire to destroy their child, but because they do not have the emotional or practical support of the father of the child.

A careful analysis of this tragic situation reveals the importance of the role of the family in society. Within this structure, a structure of mother, father, siblings and grandparents, a child is raised witnessing love and virtue. It is these things the child will then imitate.

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