ABORTION: by John BallantyneNews Weekly
Queen's first cousin fights for rights for the unborn
, October 29, 2011
The abortion of our unborn children “constitutes the single most grievous moral deficit in contemporary life”, an outspoken first cousin of the Queen has said.
Lord Nicholas Windsor, 41, the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Kent and first cousin once removed to Queen Elizabeth II, has recently launched a campaign against United Nations and European Union attempts to make abortion a human right.
He argues that the womb ought be the safest place for a baby to be and that Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act should never have been passed.
Writing a year ago in the United States journal of religion and philosophy, First Things, Lord Nicholas said: “The granting to ourselves of the right wantonly to kill, each year, millions of our offspring at the beginning of their lives: This is the question of questions for Europe.
“The practice of abortion is a mortal wound in Europe’s heart, in the centre of Hellenic and Judeo-Christian culture.”
With legal abortion all but universal, he says, parents and doctors have a Roman Emperor’s power of life and death over their unborn children. “Caesar’s thumb is up, or Caesar’s thumb is down. And when it comes to exporting this idea, we do it with zeal and determination through such institutions as the United Nations and the European Union.”
Western society “has placed this fearful act at its centre — consciously approving, even celebrating, its own most egregious moral failing”.
The irony of it all, he observes, is that Europe’s political establishment, supposedly so conscious of human rights, is “in favour of one of the gravest and most egregious abuses of human rights that human society has ever tolerated. Didn’t Europeans think they could never and must never kill again on an industrial scale?”
Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor with one of their two sons.
He goes on to say: “This is a historically unprecedented cascade of destruction wrought on individuals: on sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, future spouses and friends, mothers and fathers — destroyed in the form of those to whom we owe, quite simply and certainly, the greatest solidarity and duty of care because they are the weakest and most dependent of our fellow humans.” (“Caesar’s thumb”, First Things, December 2010).
Lord Nicholas was received into the Catholic Church 10 years ago. Until then, he was 27th in line of succession for the English throne.
His conversion, however, meant that, under the 1701 Act of Settlement, he was thenceforth barred from the royal line.
But this has not deterred him from being active in public line and recently launching a global campaign to save the unborn.
He describes his “visceral” opposition to the termination of pregnancies. And he denies that this was “because (as that brilliant writer Philip Pullman would put it) ‘the Vatican’ told me to”.
He recalls: “I started thinking hard about the subject. It hit me in the stomach that terminating a pregnancy equalled none other than the destruction of a human being. It knocked the wind out of me the first time, as it does every single time I think of it.” (UK Telegraph, October 10, 2011).
In London this month, Lord Nicholas Windsor and Lord Alton of Liverpool launched an international campaign to “uphold the right to life of unborn children”.
At a meeting sponsored by Britain’s All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group, the pair launched a document known as the nine San José Articles, which are designed to thwart a “subversive” global campaign to “bully” countries into giving all women the right to abortion.
The articles are named after the city of San José in Costa Rica, where they were signed this month.
The aim of this global campaign to save the unborn, says Lord Nicholas, is to stop abortion “from being foisted on to countries that don’t want it”.
“The Articles aim to show that there is no ‘right to abortion’ to be found in international law that would oblige such countries to ‘conform, or else’. This is in spite of the UN and other agencies’ claims to the contrary.
“Human rights lawyers of a certain stamp around the world are taking the same pro-abortion line, manipulating the current provisions of international law.
“Frankly, officials and politicians in developing countries are being bullied into writing such a right to abortion into their domestic law. This project aims to help them to fight back.” (UK Telegraph, October 10, 2011).
Lord Nicholas Windsor, “Caesar’s thumb”, First Things (The Institute on Religion and Public Life, New York), December 2010.
Lord Nicholas Windsor, “The world doesn’t have a right to abortion”, The Telegraph (UK), October 10, 2011.