The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a UN treaty that President Carter signed in 1980. As you can probably guess, “discrimination against women” just means depriving women of abortions or making abortions not easily accessible. For those countries that are party to this treaty, the UN favors public funding for abortions, no restrictions on abortions and wants all healthcare facilities to offer them with no exemptions.
The Senate never ratified it, but shortly after Obama was elected in 2008, he urged the Senate to do so. And now Senator John Kerry, who will likely take Hillary Clinton’s place as Secretary of State, vowed at his confirmation hearing on Thursday to support CEDAW when he was asked by California Democrat Barbara Boxer whether he would. He responded, “The answer is yes. And let me just say on that I look forward to meeting with the committee privately some time, hopefully down at the State Department, and we can talk about treaties and America’s interest, and I look forward to that.”
CEDAW defines discrimination against women as the following:
“Any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field.”
Once a nation becomes party to the treaty, the UN would require that nation “to incorporate the principle of equality of men and women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women; to establish tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; to ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.”
In 2009, not long after Obama was sworn in for his first term, the National Right to Life Committee wrote a letter to all senators urging them to oppose this UN treaty. The letter referenced Article 12 of the convention that said, “State Parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the field of health care in order to ensure, on a basis of equality of men and women, access to health care services, including those related to family planning.”
As the letter pointed out, since 1995, Article 12 has been used to justify condemning any restrictions on abortion as being “discriminations” against women. The UN have criticized about 67 countries for limiting women’s access to abortions.
All the Senate has to do is ratify this treaty, and the UN will be criticizing us for all of our discriminations against women for not allowing them easy enough access to murder their unborn kids. And I’m sure they would praise New York for their recent bill that allows late-term abortion. But what about all the girl babies that are murdered by abortionists? I thought this was about women’s rights? Who’s standing up for them?
Submitting to an overreaching federal government is bad enough. We don’t need to be subservient to an international body.