Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marie Smith

5/8/2014 (3 months ago)

Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (www.pncius.org/)

Papal Nuncio Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, was prepared for such criticism by the CAT Committee and explained that the Catholic Church's pro-life position protected human rights

This time around, committee members-officially called experts-chastised the Holy See for its opposition to abortion during its review of the Holy See\'s report on compliance with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Convention against Torture, CAT). Committee members stated that pro-life opposition to abortion results in torture for women.  Abortion, an act that results in the often painful death of a child in the womb and which can inflict lasting negative emotional, physical and psychological consequences on the woman, is real torture but the experts chose to ignore these facts, focusing instead on the Catholic Church\'s respect for the right to life and opposition to abortion.

PNCI notes that the CAT Committee of the United Nations has not only ignored the violence of abortion and the torture that it inflicts upon the defenseless child in the womb but it has failed to recognize the unique 'torture' that women who deeply regret their abortion face every day.

PNCI notes that the CAT Committee of the United Nations has not only ignored the violence of abortion and the torture that it inflicts upon the defenseless child in the womb but it has failed to recognize the unique 'torture' that women who deeply regret their abortion face every day.

Highlights

By Marie Smith

Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (www.pncius.org/)

5/8/2014 (3 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Vatican, United Nations, Culture of Life, Torture, Rights of the Child, Committee on the Convention Against Torture, Marie Smith


WASHINGTON,DC (P.N.C.I.)- The latest example of a U.N. treaty monitoring body distorting a treaty to advance abortion is the Committee on the Convention Against Torture (CAT) during its 52nd Session in Geneva.

This time around, committee members-officially called experts-chastised the Holy See for its opposition to abortion during its review of the Holy See's report on compliance with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Convention against Torture, CAT). Committee members stated that pro-life opposition to abortion results in torture for women. The archived webcast of the review can be found here.
 
Abortion, an act that results in the often painful death of a child in the womb and which can inflict lasting negative emotional, physical and psychological consequences on the woman, is real torture but the experts chose to ignore these facts, focusing instead on the Catholic Church's respect for the right to life and opposition to abortion.
 
Felice Gaer, Vice-Chairperson of the CAT Committee from the U.S.A., stated, "This committee has found repeatedly that laws that criminalize the termination of pregnancy in all circumstances can violate the terms of the convention."
 
The CAT Committee has 'found' this interpretation because it has conjured up such findings with help from leading pro-abortion legal activists including the Center for Reproductive Rights and Amnesty International which continually promote a so-called 'right to abortion' despite the fact that no international treaty says it is.
 
The Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a "shadow report" on the Holy See to the CAT Committee-more aptly called a 'treaty distorting body' in this case- which was critical of the Catholic Church's core belief that the right to life begins at the moment of conception and that induced abortion violates that right.  The report also was critical of the Holy See for its support of actions to promote a culture of life in law and policy.
 
The report mentioned past actions of the CAT Committee which condemned sovereign States for enacting bans on abortion and mentioned the Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)'s recent review of the Holy See which was also critical of the Catholic Church's position on abortion claiming failure to allow access to abortion "places obvious risks on the life and health of pregnant girls" despite the fact that the CRC's preamble states, "the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth".
 
Papal Nuncio Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, was prepared for such criticism by the CAT Committee and explained that the Catholic Church's pro-life position protected human rights, "The Holy See's goal is to prevent children from being tortured or killed before birth, as is stipulated in the Convention". His prepared statement included reference to the number of babies who have survived abortion:
 
For example, in Canada, 622 living babies were delivered after failed abortion attempts, between 2000 and 2001. 66 such cases were registered in the UK in 2005. Some methods of late-term abortions constitute forms of torture, particularly in the case of dilation and evacuation, where 'the fetus, still alive, is dismembered to be pulled out of the womb in pieces.'
 
Past condemnation of laws against abortion by the CAT Committee included against Paraguay in 2011 when the committee criticized a law that banned abortion in cases of rape, incest or for disability of the child stating such laws amount to torture for women who "are constantly reminded of the violation committed against them, which causes serious traumatic stress and carries a risk of long-lasting psychological problems."

In 2009 Nicaragua was told by the CAT Committee that it needed to "revise its legal framework in relation to abortion", observing that the ban on abortion "exposes women and girls to a constant threat of serious violations to their rights, particularly if continuation of the pregnancy posed a threat to their life, or for victims of rape." 
 
Amnesty International concurs which such reinterpretation of the treaty and stated, "The Committee is sending a clear message to the Nicaraguan state: So long as the complete ban with no exceptions is in place, you will be in breach of your international legal obligations to protect human rights."
 
In 2013 the CAT Committee Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Mendez issued a report that was highly critical of laws against abortion: "The Committee against Torture has repeatedly expressed concerns about restrictions on access to abortion and about absolute bans on abortion as violating the prohibition of torture."
 
The CAT Committee will issue Recommendations or Concluding Observations to the Holy See which will likely include changing its stand against abortion. Such statements are seen by some as instructions that a State must follow in order to be compliant with the treaty. Others are aware that treaty body committees are known to distort the original intent of a treaty and give little credibility to these observations.
 
Recommendations suggested to the Committee by the Center for Reproductive demonstrate that pro-abortion bias and include the following recommendations:
 
Note that the Holy See has failed in its obligation to refrain from instigating, inciting, encouraging, or acquiescing in torture or ill-treatment, and has failed to provide particular protections for women from torture or ill-treatment, by publicly condemning women who have undergone abortions and doctors who perform abortions, in an attempt to stigmatize abortions that are needed to ensure the protection of fundamental human rights and prevent torture and ill-treatment. Note that this is a violation of the Holy See's obligations under Articles 1, 2, and 16 of the Convention against Torture and urge the Holy See to refrain from taking actions which interfere in the decisions of women and girls about whether to undergo an abortion.
 
Note that the Holy See has negatively interfered with states' attempts to develop legislation on abortion that would have served to better protect women from torture or ill-treatment. Note that the Holy See's actions are a violation of Articles 1, 2, and 16 of the Convention against Torture and that the rights of freedom of speech and of religion extend only so far as they do not undermine women's reproductive rights, including the right to be free from torture or ill-treatment. Urge the Holy See to refrain from negatively interfering publicly or privately in women's and legislators' decisions concerning access to abortion and to support states as they attempt to align their policies on women's reproductive rights with their obligations under the Convention.
 
Urge the Holy See to review its position on abortion in order to permit abortion for women and girls, including when their lives and physical or mental health are at risk, when there is a non-viable fetus, when they are the victims of sexual violence, or any other circumstance in which they experience severe physical or mental pain or suffering.
 
The CAT Committee announced that it will issue its Recommendations and Concluding Observations to the Holy See on Friday, May 23. 
 
PNCI notes that the CAT Committee has not only ignored the violence of abortion and the torture that it inflicts upon the defenseless child in the womb but it has failed to recognize the unique 'torture' that women who deeply regret their abortion face every day.
 
PNCI urges pro-life lawmakers to closely monitor the Concluding Observations issued by treaty body committees to their country and voice opposition to pro-abortion recommendations. 

---

The Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCI) is a Worldwide Initiative to Advance Respect and Dignity for Life through Law and Policy.PNCI is a global outreach of Gospel of Life Ministries.



Comments


More U.S.

Catholics Come Home Launches Beautiful New Television Series for E.W.T.N. Watch

Image of Tom Peterson, the founder and CEO of Catholics Come Home

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

I am happy to report to my readers that Catholics Come Home has produced a stunning and inspiring television series for the Eternal Word Television Network (E.W.T.N.). It began airing on Labor Day weekend. The series was filmed on location in various cities ... continue reading


Why I Said No to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Deadly Watch

Image of I was approached to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to help bring an end to ALS. I said No. I have tried to explain why I said No in this article. I hope it is a helpful contribution in our public discussion. As a Christian, it is never easy to be seen as seemingly unwilling to support a noble cause such as the eradication of a debilitating disease. However, it is vital that we stand for for the fundamental and foundational moral truth which underlies every effort to end disease, the dignity of every human person, including embryonic human persons.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

I was approached to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to help bring an end to ALS. I said No. I have tried to explain why I said No in this article. I hope it is a helpful contribution in our public discussion. As a Christian, it is never easy to be seen as seemingly ... continue reading


Toward a Christian Vision of Human Work On Labor Day Watch

Image of Christians need to bear witness in the real world to the true value, purpose, meaning and dignity of all human work - just as we bear witness to the inherent value and dignity of every human worker. This is a vital part of our witness to an age which has lost its way.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Adam and Eve worked in the garden and it brought them great joy. For the Christian, work is meant to become a participation in the continuing redemptive mission of Jesus, and His ongoing work. Jesus viewed his entire life and mission as work. He was always doing ... continue reading


American Islamic terrorist Fort Hood shooter requests to join Islamic State as a 'citizen' Watch

Image of Nadal Hasan, the man who killed 13 people during a rampage at Fort Hood in 2009, has written a letter to the Islamic State asking to join the terrorist organization as a citizen.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

U.S. Army psychiatrist, Nadal Hasan, who killed 13 people at Fort Hood back in November 2009 has written a letter to the leader of the Islamic State, asking to become a citizen of the Islamic State's caliphate, an attorney of Husan reported on August 28. LOS ... continue reading


St Augustine on a Personal Relationship with Jesus Watch

Image of St Augustine

By Deacon Keith Fournier

But we too can encounter Christ in reading Sacred Scripture, in prayer, in the liturgical life of the Church. We can touch Christ's Heart and feel him touching ours. Only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One do we ... continue reading


SHAKEN WINE: Strong earthquake jolts California's wine region Watch

Image of The weekend's temblor was felt widely throughout the region, from more than 200 miles south of Napa and as far east as the Nevada border.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rumbled through the early Sunday morning hours in the heart of California's wine country. The epicenter was near the city of Napa in the Golden State's north. Fires erupted in a mobile home park where four homes were destroyed and two ... continue reading


Money is NOT the Root of Evil: Living Simplicity Watch

Image of Simplicity is not about the quantity of the goods of the earth we possess. It is about our relationship to them. Jesus said - Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt. 6:21).

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Learning to live in evangelical Simplicity strips away what impedes love. In finding our proper relationship to the goods of the earth- not rejecting them, craving them, or turning them into an idol- we can learn true freedom. Our eyes are opened and everything begins ... continue reading


Is Transgenderism a Mental Disorder or a Right? Watch

Image of Pope Emeritus Benedict was absolutely correct when he said, - the profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious. - Gender is a gift. It is also a given. The dangers of the Gender Identity Movement are becoming increasingly clear.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

In a culture where freedom has been redefined as a right to choose anything and liberty has degenerated into license, the newspeak of the age has declared the instrumental use of the body of another to be sexual freedom. It is not freedom. It turns people into ... continue reading


WORST YET TO COME? Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen,' Pentagon says Watch

Image of IS is

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online has been keeping very close watch on the atrocities being committed by Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria, and according to a top government official - the worst is yet to come. According to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the sophistication, ... continue reading


Lawsuit dropped against devil worshiper in Oklahoma Watch

Image of Lawyers representing Archbishop Paul Coakley had earlier demanded the return of a communion wafer obtained by the group.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The leader of a satanic group in Oklahoma City had threatened that he and his followers would defile a consecrated communion wafer as an offering to Satan as a carnal sacrifice at a "Black Mass" ceremony inside Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall. The ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 2:10-16
10 to us, though, God has given revelation through ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 13-14
8 Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger, full ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:31-37
31 He went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 2nd, 2014 Image

St. Ingrid of Sweden
September 2: Born in Skänninge, Sweden, in the 13th century, St. Ingrid lived ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter