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Ideologies Must Conform To Human Rights - Not Human Rights To Ideologies

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The fundamental principles of universal and inalienable human rights and the inherent dignity and equality of all members of the human family were never to be tampered with. The dominant ideology of our times is an ideology of rejection and stigmatisation that favours and permits the dehumanisation of one of the most vulnerable sectors of the human family, children at risk of abortion. The fundamental human rights principle of indivisibility is violated when States attempt to expand women's rights and use that expansion as an excuse to obliterate the rights of children at risk of abortion. The push to decriminalize abortion is based on a kind of cultural pragmatism, not on international law; and since even widespread cultural practices are frequently contrary to law, one must argue that it is not a sound basis to rely on cultural practice to restrict or narrow the law on human rights.

Keywords: abortion rights; feminist ideologues; human rights law; women's rights



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