In order to advance ‘Gender Equality’, G7 leaders have been told to promote extreme Canada-style abortion laws, which permit abortion up to birth, as well as censor pro-life content online deemed to be ‘misleading’.
At the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France on Sunday 25th August, world leaders were told by the Gender Equality Advisory Council that removing all legal safeguards and allowing abortion up to birth is recommended good practice in advancing gender equality.
In its Recommendations for advancing Gender Equality and the empowerment of girls and women, the Advisory Council lists “Prohibit misinformation on safe abortion” and “Right to choose and right to have a safe abortion” as ways to advance gender equality.
The Recommendations cite a French law brought into effect in 2017 which bans “misinformation on abortion when it aims to intentionally mislead women on abortion.”
The law has been heavily criticised for its apparent ideological bias and the fact that it is so broad that it threatens the existence of pro-life websites entirely. For example, the French law seems to make it illegal to express moral disapproval of abortion in an attempt to dissuade someone from having an abortion.
Canada’s extreme abortion law – which permits abortion without restriction through all nine months of pregnancy – is also cited approvingly as an instance of a law which protects the “right to choose and right to have a safe abortion”
Canada has been described as a “haven” for sex-selective abortions where girls are aborted in the womb because they are girls. This practice is widespread in India and China and has led to a serious imbalance in the sex-ratio.
The promotion of extreme abortion laws as well as laws to limit pro-life expression are described as “fundamental to advancing the rights of girls and women in the G7 countries.”
The group of countries known as the G7 comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson, said:
“It is not at all clear how promoting extreme abortion legislation (or any abortion legislation for that matter) advances the empowerment of women. As is well-known by now, sex-selective abortion is responsible for 63 million women “missing” women in India alone and likely millions more in across the globe.”
“Ironically the Gender Equality Advisory Council is promoting a practice which has women as it’s primary victims.”
“All this comes at the same time as we learn that the British Government has increased its contributions – at the taxpayers expense – to abortion provider Marie Stopes International (MSI), by 5000% since 2006. In 2018 alone, the British Government gave over £48 million for MSI for their work overseas.”