UN pushes for abortion of refugees and migrants' unborn children

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly's adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants includes a commitment to provide reproductive health-care services such as abortion to refugees and migrants.

(Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)German Red Cross members help a pregnant migrant after her arrival at a new emergency shelter in a sports hall near the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany, September 10, 2015.

The Declaration, which the UN adopted during the first Summit for Refugees and Migrants, reflects the world leaders' commitment "to save lives, protect rights, and share responsibility on a global scale." The Huffington Post has applauded the Declaration for including steps needed to address the global migrant crisis, but slammed it for leaving out border externalization and the need to protect people in refugee-like situations but do not meet the standard for being a refugee.

For the Post, the Declaration's strong commitment to sharing responsibility with world leaders is important because a lot of states do not really honor this practice in refugee crises and counter-terror issues.

Upon closer scrutiny, Life News noticed that the declaration does not give unborn children the right to have their lives saved. For instance, Point 31 of the Declaration includes the UN's commitment to providing refugees and migrants access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services, which include abortion.

Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, also released a draft set of guidelines hand principles, which confirmed the promotion of abortion for migrants.

Under Guideline #4 in Principle 12 titled "Right to health," the UN expresses its commitment to provide migrants and refugees access to several sexual and reproductive health information and services which include "safe abortion care."

In addition, the Guidelines cite a statement released by UNFPA and 12 states during the World Humanitarian Summit in which they also committed to "intensify support" for access to reproductive healthcare services "in crisis settings."

Moreover, Life News points out that the 20 draft principles are developed by pro-abortion groups UN Women and Global Migration Group's Working Group on Human Rights and Gender.