Skip to comments.Red Cross: ‘Safe abortion’ is essential to maternal health
Posted on 12/19/2011 8:29:59 AM PST by Morgana
NEW YORK, December 19, 2011 (C-FAM.org) - A recently issued report from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has caused concerns that the organization may start advocating for abortion rights.
In a section of the report on human rights IFRC quotes a widely criticized document issued by Anand Grover, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, which said, States must take measures to ensure that legal and safe abortion services are available, accessible, and of good quality. The IFRC report goes on to editorialize, But the real challenge is to find out how many states will indeed change their policies accordingly.
This may lead some to believe IFRC could eventually declare abortion a human right as Amnesty International did in 2007. Amid much controversy, Amnesty International simply announced that endorsing abortion as a right was a natural outgrowth of its 2-year campaign countering violence against women.
Initially an external relations manager at IFRC told the Friday Fax the organization definitely did not consider abortion a human right. Gabriel Pictet, the manager of IFRCs community health unit said, IFRC did not change its position on abortion as a human right. To my knowledge it never had one.
Pictet said IFRC quoted the highly controversial UN special rapporteurs document because the issue of safe abortion is relevant to public health, to health inequities and to human rights. By ensuring access to safe abortions, rather than making abortions illegal and thereby unsafe, the likelihood of reaching the Millennium Development Goal 5 [improve maternal health] increases.
IFRC has adopted the same position as pro-abortion groups at the UN who equate unsafe with illegal abortion, and invoke international development agreements to promote legal abortion. In fact, abortion can cause maternal health problems and even death. Moreover, the worlds lowest maternal mortality occurs in countries where abortion is illegal, such as Ireland and Chile.
Whats more, abortion is never mentioned in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UN member states rejected the term reproductive health within the MDGs on every occasion it was debated, precisely to avoid interpretations that it might include abortion. While UN agencies began asserting in 2008 that MDG5 includes a target on reproductive health, they cannot publicly assert that the target includes abortion.
For now, IFRCs Pictet says, Because abortion is a matter of personal conscience, it does not make sense for an international membership organization like IFRC to go beyond raising the issue.
The Geneva-based IFRC is a separate organization from the 150 year-old International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Whereas ICRC works in conflict zones and adheres to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, IFRC is supposed to take the lead in post-conflict and non-conflict humanitarian emergencies.
Both IFRC and ICRC are part of the Red Cross Movement whose mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies.
If true, they have just signed their organization’s own death certificate.
“Because abortion is a matter of personal conscience”
Just like murder is a matter of personal conscience I guess.
“...Red Cross Movement whose mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity.””
Literally suffused with irony.
Promoting abstinence could help.
I haven’t had a good opinion of the Red Cross since the 60s. This is just another reason to confirm that I won’t ever give them one copper-coated ZINC penney, ever..
There is a late 1980s article on the International Committee of the Red Cross in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine. It has a photograph of the Red Cross delivering supplies at the feet of the communist FMLN guerrillas at one of their almost-in-Honduras towns. The caption contradicts the image and states that guerrillas overwatching the unloading of supplies made not move to confiscate the provisions. The article proved the Leftist bias of...
1. The International Committee of the Red Cross
2. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine
They were already on our sh*t-list for recently flubbing relief efforts in our neck of the woods.
This just seals the deal - no moola from household again!
Consider giving to Samaritan’s Purse. Always pro-life.
Please read my previouse comment, there is a good chance you or any freeper has given money to this group. The American Red Cross is completely independent of these chuckle heads and to the best of my knowledge are completely apolitical
How does one classify as “maternal” when that individual is having an abortion?
They did that after 9-11 so far as I’m concerned. $200+/hr. for grief-counselling? Gimme a break. Now this. Why am I not surprised?
Safe and healthy abortion procedure is an interesting concept,if its safe for the baby...
We have that ... it's called "induced delivery" or "planned surgical delivery." Often it's done as a health necessity for the mother, the baby, or both.
This is not what the article is talking about, of course, but in this sense, real health needs are met by ending the pregnancy - with a living baby, if at all possible - before it would naturally terminate at delivery.
Red Cross? Bloody bleeding Red Cross, I guess.
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Well, the Red Cross has made its position clear. It's always good to know where people and organizations stand on the issues.
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