Rep. Smith voices concerns over international promotion of abortion to Hillary Clinton
Rep. Chris Smith
Rep. Chris Smith
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- At a recent House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) addressed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the international promotion of abortion. Calling unborn children the most at-risk minority today, he said abortion is a form of child mortality.

“Pregnancy is not a disease. The child in the womb is neither a tumor nor a parasite to be destroyed,” he said at the Feb. 25 hearing on the International Affairs Budget for 2011.

Rep. Smith voiced concern that the Global Health Initiative (GHI) Consultation Document listed unintended pregnancy between HIV and tropical disease, seeming to relegate it to the status of a disease.

The Congressman also commented on the Obama administration's elimination of the Mexico City Policy, saying that non-government organization partners of the initiative may seek to integrate abortion with “the many necessary and noble undertakings funded by the GHI.”

He asked the Obama administration to consider the views of those who see abortion as “violence against children” that poses significant risks both to women and to children later born to those women.

“Safe abortion,” he said, is “the ultimate oxymoron.”

“Child dismemberment, forced premature expulsion from the womb by chemicals like misoprostol, deliberate child starvation by RU486, can never, ever be construed to be benign, compassionate or safe.”

He cited the United Nations’ fourth Millennium Development Goal, which advocates the reduction of child mortality.

“Abortion is child mortality,” he commented. “Secretary Clinton, the most persecuted and at risk minority in the world today are unborn children.”

Rep. Smith cited studies showing an increased risk of breast cancer among post-abortive women and a “clear link” between abortion and mental illness in women.

Other studies show a significant association between abortion and subsequent premature births.

“Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant mortality in the industrialized world after congenital anomalies,” he added, listing several ailments and diseases to which preterm infants are more prone.

The Congressman also cited the document which came out of the 1994 Cairo meeting of the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). The document says governments should help women avoid abortion and also reiterates the primacy of national sovereignty on abortion.

He then warned against U.N. treaty implementations and some U.N. organizations that are pressuring nations to “legalize, facilitate, and expand” access to abortion.

Rather, Rep. Smith advised, access to proper maternal care, skilled birth attendants and safe clinics should be promoted.

He closed his comments by condemning China’s forced abortion policy for women who become pregnant without government authorization.

“Silence in the face of massive crimes against women in China… shouldn’t be an option.”

Secretary Clinton listened to Rep. Smith's comments but did not respond.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea

Liturgical Calendar

December 21, 2014


All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27


Daily Readings

Gospel:: Lk 1: 26-38

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27