This is surprising and interesting!
Italian UN Surprise Intrigues Pro-Lifers
Coauthored by Aracely Ornelas
(NEW YORK – C-FAM) Italy’s Parliament passed an emphatic measure last week directing the Italian government to push for aUnited Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution that “condemns the use of abortion as an instrument of demographic control and affirms the right of each woman not to be forced to undergo abortion.” The move has surprised pro-life observers at the UN, where Italy almost invariably supports the European Union (EU) majority in measures hostile to the rights of the unborn.
The parliamentary effort was led by Rocco Buttiglione, head of the Union of Christian Democrats, with the support of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s governing People of Freedom Party and the Center Democrats. Leftist parliamentarians sought to dilute the proposal by tacking on a rider promoting contraceptives, but this was voted down. A number of left-wing politicians nevertheless voted in favor of the motion, which is structured principally as a common-ground initiative emphasizing the right of women to be free from coerced abortion. The preamble also criticizes sex-selective abortion, which principally targets the “female conceived.”
It is anticipated that a General Assembly resolution will call for a non-binding moratorium on forced abortion, modeled after a moratorium on the use of the death penalty which attracted support from a majority of member states in past years. …
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