Saturday, March 7, 2009

topix: Discord likely over ratifying women's rights [treaty]

One of the most contentious [amendments] _ likely to be revived this year _ stipulates that nothing in CEDAW should be interpreted as creating a right to abortion. [....]

'This language is touted as neutral or benign but is not,' she wrote in a recent essay. 'This language can and has been used as an anti-abortion weapon.' [....]

Another New York-based women's rights group, MADRE, has similar concerns and is launching a campaign to get a 'clean' version of the treaty ratified.

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