Hundreds of women arrived in New York over the weekend to attend the United Nations’ fifty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) –– an annual event that draws delegates and representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) from around the world. The two-week program began this morning and will focus on the theme, “The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.” Linking discrimination and violence with the girl child brings together three of the favorite topics at the CSW. Regardless of the specific theme for a particular CSW session, discussions at every annual CSW inevitably and predictably come around to discrimination, violence and the girl child. Ultimately, of course, these three issues coalesce into demands for universal abortion rights and an insistence of the rights of the child to the neglect of parental responsibilities and the importance of the family unit in protecting and nurturing children.
How ironic, that, for the left and especially for the United Nations, violence against girls and women does not include abortion. Susan Yoshihara, Executive Vice President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, expressed to me a broader vision for the potential of the Commission on the Status of Women, “Delegates to the 51st CSW have an historic opportunity to speak out courageously and unanimously against the worst kind of violence against the girl child: sex selected infanticide and abortion. It is alarming how these gruesome practices have spread to almost every corner of the globe. Delegates to the CSW should seize the opportunity to do something about them.”
Abortion in the United States has become one of the most common surgical procedures for women. The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute reports that more than one-third of American women will have an abortion by the time they are 45. While the statistics will vary from country to country, the U.S. data indicates the extent of the worldwide problem. Sadly, Guttmacher also reports that 3 out of 4 women seeking an abortion do so for financial reasons. That information reinforces the left’s beliefs that poverty is the problem and economic solutions are the answer. The United Nations views poverty as a form of discrimination and violence against girls and women. Further, they view governments as responsible for eliminating those things that they view as “discrimination and violence” and governments should provide the economic solutions to poverty (including abortion which they believe is necessary for women’s economic well-being).