On October 6, an international group of anti-choice parliamentarians, lawyers, academics and NGOs launched the San Jose Articles, a nine-point declaration of anti-rights principles intended as a counterpoint to international work supporting women’s access to safe legal abortion as part of their human rights.
Apparently, the launch event at the United Nations was more of a plop than a splash, with only about 20 people in attendance. This month the Articles will be launched in eleven cities in Europe and Latin America and supposedly each member of the European Parliament has already received a copy. Eesh.
In addition to asserting bogus “scientific” claims and promoting a warped interpretation of human rights, these Articles attempt to undermine the mandate of UN treaty monitoring bodies and Special Rapporteurs to interpret and apply international law and agreement principles to the realities in countries. This comes just as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health is about to present a groundbreaking report on criminalization on October 24th.
This is a scary update on the global fight against women’s rights…and you better believe is not unrelated to efforts to limit women’s reproductive access in the US. For more or to share info on SJA events in your region, take a look at this alert and be in touch with those monitoring these efforts.