A Special Rapporteur for the United Nation’s Human Rights Council has described abortion as “a radical act of self-love”.
Last year, the Special Rapporteur, Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng from South Africa, released a statement in relation to President Trump’s ‘gag rule’ that prevented American taxpayers’ money from being used to fund abortion overseas.
Special Rapporteurs function as advocates of the Human Rights Council to advise, examine, monitor and report on the human rights situation in specific countries. Dr Mofokeng, who has herself performed abortions, uses her platform to promote abortion internationally.
During the campaign against Trump’s restrictions on funding for overseas abortion, Dr Mofokeng said in a Tweet: “I fight for her because I know first hand of the negative impact of the global gag rule. Access to comprehensive and timeius [sic] abortion care is a human right and global health funding as well as foreign aid, should be unconditional and not hampering access and the realisation of these rights”.
She went on to say that “Abortion saves lives”, and described abortion as “a radical act of self-love”.
Dr Mofokeng sits on the board of at least eight organisations in Africa that promote abortion and received awards from both the Gates Foundation and International Planned Parenthood Federation.
Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “Long gone is the old mantra that abortion should be ‘safe, legal and rare’. Whilst this was never accepted by pro-lifers who recognise that every life, born and unborn, mother and child, matters, Mofokeng’s statement shows how abortion activists are abandoning this position in favour of ever more extreme views about abortion”.
“When Mofokeng says that ‘abortion is a radical act of self-love’, she seems to be admitting more than she means to. By recognising abortion as ‘radical’ she is admitting it is a big deal, and it would be interesting to know why she considers it radical or why it is a big deal. Of course, it is a big deal because it involves ending the life of an innocent unborn boy or girl. But if she were to admit that, presumably abortion would never be justified”.