- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 5, 2000

Women's rights have come a long way since Susan B. Anthony fought for equal voting rights at the turn of the last century. One wonders if Anthony would feel comfortable in last month's United Nations Beijing +5 meeting for women's rights in New York. Among the topics discussed: abortion rights, lesbian rights, the right to prostitution and children's sexual rights.

If these "rights" represent liberation, women must ask themselves where their movement is headed. So it's no wonder that some human rights groups were up in arms this month when the Clinton administration pushed to decriminalize prostitution and discussed the practice as being an acceptable form of labor.

Now, the U.S. delegation to the United Nations told The Washington Times that neither the administration nor the U.S. delegation supported prostitution of any kind, and that it sought to narrow the definition of sex trafficking to protect more women. However, several human rights groups said the U.S. delegation, along with Canada and the European Union countries, led a focused effort fighting for abortion, nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual rights for those aged 10 and above at the New York meetings. "Their number one priority were these three things and they lost," said Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute in New York.

As a case in point of the anti-family agenda put forth there, the United States pushed for more access to abortion and increased training of physicians for abortion, with no allowance for a doctor's right of conscience if he or she does not agree with the procedure, said conference attendee Kathryn Balmforth, the executive director of the World Family Policy Center.

"An enormous amount of time was spent by the U.S. pushing such things as homosexual rights, expansion of abortion and sexual rights, even for kids," she told The Washington Times. "That was certainly the major push by the U.S."

Thankfully, Africa, Asia and the Middle East were not overpowered by the Western representatives' skewed "rights" agenda. Not only did the conference not recommend increased access to abortion, but it stated it was not an acceptable form of birth control. Despite pressure to eliminate the word "prostitution" from a document negotiated at the meeting which listed abuses women should be protected against, the Phillippines stood up to the opposition and at least one reference was left in the document.

In fighting for saving their own families, they were returning women's rights to a place Susan B. Anthony would be proud of: A place where every life is valid and the degradation of women and children through prostitution is unacceptable. In this place, liberation does not mean the right to participate in obscure sexual behavior, but to protect the gifts of womanhood and home God has granted.

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