VATICAN, January 28, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A campaign for a moratorium on abortion that began in Italy and is now being expanded to a worldwide effort by the Vatican, is being joined by people from across the ideological and religious spectrum, including individuals often identified with extreme leftism and atheism.
The idea for a worldwide moratorium on abortion originated with Giuliano Ferrara, a non-Christian journalist and former head of the Italian Communist Party in Turin. Although he was once associated with a movement that in most of the world has come to identify itself with abortion, euthanasia, and other elements of the “culture of death”, Ferrara is now strongly pro-life.
Ferrara is joined by Lenin Raghavarshi, an Indian atheist and winner of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights. Raghavarshi told Asia News, “It is ridiculous and absurd to suggest that abortion is a solution to hunger, in order to control population growth. What’s more the concept – typical of UN organisations – that overpopulation represents the greatest danger to the health of a nation has no basis at all in reality….. In reality the world should urgently look at socio-economic and political issues to eliminate hunger, poverty, misery among people”.
Raghavarshi identifies the global push for abortion with an agenda that serves the interests of multinational corporations at the expense of the poor and vulnerable.
Perhaps the most prominent intellectual to have added his voice to Ferrara’s call for an international moratorium on abortions is the British philosopher Roger Scruton, whom the New Yorker magazine once called “the most influential philosopher in the world”. According to the Italian Catholic news agency Chiesa, he immediately endorsed the campaign after its announcement.
Ferrara has reportedly stated that he wishes to bring together such prominent intellectuals, as well as others such as Mary Ann Glendon, the former Harvard professor who is now US ambassador to the Vatican, and American bioethicist Leon Kass, to sign the petition. He would also like to see “five million pilgrims of life and love, all in Rome next summer” to request that the United Nation’s “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” be amended to include “the right to be born,” reports Chiesa. (LifeSiteNews)
When you have atheists endorsing the pro-life ethic, you gotta know that abortion is on its last breath.
Look at poor, old Henry here, still pimping for the victimhood cause. Whassamatter guys, hard up for sympathy these days?