No, this is not a spelling mistake. Yes, the disgraceful UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has really said this.
As the Irish Times reports, the Committee has published observations on children’s rights in Ireland, in which it bemoans that in Ireland abortion is legal when there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, and recommends that the country should decriminalise abortion in all circumstances.
If “in all circumstances” means what it says, then this means that Ireland should legalise abortion “on demand” until immediately before birth, with no restriction at all. It would mean that babies that are perfectly healthy and viable should be allowed to be killed without sanction.
This would imply that the child has no right to life. And if it has no right to life, which is the fundament of all other rights, then it has no rights at all.
Ireland’s Minister for Children, Dr James Reilly, was happy to take the cue. Although his stated task should be to protect children rather than stripping them of their rights, he welcomed the observations, saying they would be “referred to Government departments and agencies for attention”. The legalization of baby-killing is one of the top priorities of the current Irish government, which is convinced that this is necessary to transform Ireland into a “modern” country.
The irony that the absurd demand of stripping all children of all their human rights is made in the name of “the Rights of the Child” seems completely lost both on the “Minister for Children” and on the Committee, which claims to be composed of “independent experts who are persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights” (sic!).
The rest of us are now wondering whether the next logical step for the Committee, now that it has discovered its own redundancy, will be to dissolve itself.