It is a contradiction to claim that promoting access to safe abortions is somehow protecting the human rights of women and girls, a Vatican representative said.
“In fact, abortion denies the unborn child his or her most basic right – to life itself,” said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, Vatican observer to UN agencies in Geneva.
As Pope Francis has said, “Human life is sacred and inviolable. Every civil right rests on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that of life, which is not subordinate to any condition, be it quantitative, economic or, least of all, ideological,” the archbishop said.
Archbishop Jurkovic spoke on 25th May at the World Health Assembly, a meeting of the member states of the World Health Organization to set WHO policies and programs.
He was addressing one of the agenda items of the 21st to 26th May meeting, specifically on the global strategy for the health of women, children and adolescents.
Picture: People participate in the annual Walk for Life in San Diego on 20th January. The march was held in protest of the US Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade to legalise abortion. (CNS photo/David Maung).