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Morality in America

When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.

Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage.  After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.

Perpetuating Torture

Morality in America

UN says pro-life advocacy "tortures" women seeking abortion

By Diann Noles

According to Juan E. Méndez, the United Nations (U.N.) Special Rapporteur on Torture, laws against abortion equate to torture of the worst kind for women, subjecting them to “tremendous and lasting physical and emotional suffering, … humiliating and judgmental attitudes,” and contributes to “prison overcrowding.”

He is not alone in villainizing pro-life legislation, but as an appointed investigator of civil rights abuses, Méndez is a powerful and influential force among members of the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC), the entity charged with protecting human rights. Ironically, the members of this council include China, Saudi Arabia and Algeria – countries that are known civil rights violators; but instead of focusing on their serious violations, Méndez chose to make abortion the feature of his report.

Why ignore these other abuses in favor of abortion?

In a letter sent to the U.N. body in June, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) – an extremist international abortion organization – claims that church leaders (specifically the Catholic Church) have “perpetuated torture” by taking a pro-life stand and contributing to “torture and ill-treatment perpetuated by other states by negatively interfering with the development of state policy on abortion, in violation of its obligations under articles 1, 2, and 16.”

Article 1 of the U.N. Convention Against Torture defines torture as:

“Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in, or incidental to, lawful sanctions.”

As a Special Rapporteur, Méndez has no authority to author and enact treaties – only to report abuses and make recommendations. But that has not stopped him from petitioning a treaty based on his recommendations and signed by U.N. Council members that would “decriminalize abortion and ensure access to legal and safe abortions, at a minimum in cases of rape, incest and severe or fatal fetal impairment and where the life or physical or mental health of the mother is at risk.”

Apparently, fetal impairment has long been a justification for abortion. In a 2013 report on the “torture” of women denied pre-abortion screening for fetal defects, Méndez wrote: “International and regional human rights bodies have begun to recognize that abuse and mistreatment of women seeking reproductive health services can cause tremendous and lasting physical and emotional suffering, inflicted on the basis of gender. Examples of such violations include...denial of legally available health services such as abortion and post-abortion care.”

What Méndez and abortion organizations such as CRR fail to recognize is that there are many ways abortions damage women that could equally be considered “torture.” A study published in the British Medical Journal found an increased risk of suicide among women who have undergone an abortion. Other findings have linked abortion with an increase in sex-trafficking, rape, and child molestations.

Many throughout the world are strongly opposed to abortion, and several nations – including Ireland, Poland, Chili and Malta – have banned abortion. Interestingly, those nations have increasingly lower maternal mortality rates, while countries with permissive abortion laws such as Mexico have higher maternal mortality rates, suggesting that it is abortion that is causing the torture, not lack thereof.

Yet, the abortion industry continues to pressure conservative nations through reports such as this most recent one. Although the United States does not recognize these treaties as law, the U.S. Supreme Court often looks to them as a basis for their decisions. Should a treaty be signed calling pro-life advocacy “torture,” American pro-life conservatives may soon find themselves in court fighting for their First Amendment rights. According to Matthew Clark of the American Center for Law and Justice, the CRR is already “preparing for a constitutional showdown, asserting that ‘religious freedom does not trump’ its redefinition of ‘torture’.”

The Bible warns that “…a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood…” is one of the seven deadly sins (Proverbs 6:16-17); Isaiah 5:20-24 also warns what will happen to those who cast aside God’s law in favor of their own.

This week, please pray:

Diann Noles is a former editor and writer for Christian publications in Tucson, AZ and Portland, OR. She served as Public Relations Director for a major Christian non-profit organization. She and her husband Bill live in Albany, OR and have two sons and five grandchildren.

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