Friday, August 28, 2009

UN wants to equip kids for abortion advocacy

The U.N.'s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a 98-page report in June offering a universal lesson plan for kids ranging in age from 5-18, an "informed approach to effective sex, relationships" and HIV education that they say is essential for "all young people."
If the U.N. recommendations are adopted,
At 12, [kids will] learn the "reasons for" abortions — but they'll already have known about their safety for three years. When they're 15, they'll be exposed to direct "advocacy to promote the right to and access to safe abortion."
Indeed, in the U.N. report (page 42) one "learning objective" for 15-18 year old kids is to "demonstrate ability to argue for the elimination of gender role stereotypes and inequality, harmful traditional practices and gender-biased violence." That sounds good, but a "key idea" listed under this objective is "advocacy to promote the right to and access to safe abortion."

So the United Nations thinks every kid in the world should be equipped as an advocate for abortion rights at age 15. Kids ought to "demonstrate [the] ability to argue for" the pro-choice view.

That's very disturbing, of course. I think it highlights the importance of the pro-life community equipping its people -- young, old, everyone -- to be knowledgeable, persuasive ambassadors for the cause of human dignity. I'd like every pro-life teen to "demonstrate the ability to argue for" the pro-life position in a winsome, articulate way.