Opinion

Aborting the Monroe Doctrine

For almost two hundred years, the Monroe Doctrine has been a cornerstone of American foreign policy. First proclaimed in December 1823, the message from President James Monroe to the imperialist ruling houses of Europe was bold and unmistakable: The Western Hemisphere, including the Latin American colonies that were throwing off European rule, was not open to further colonization, and the U.S. would view any attempts by Europeans to extend their existing colonies into independent American states or to interfere with those states’ attempts to achieve independence as hostile acts against us, the United States of America.

The United States thereby assumed a role as protector of the sovereignty of our Latin American sister republics. Today, that sovereignty is being threatened by European nations through the UN. The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) is reporting that Western European nations are bringing economic pressures to bear through the UN to force Latin American countries to liberalize their abortion laws. Cristina Gutierrez writes in C-FAM’s authoritative “Friday Fax” how European governments are exerting heavy-handed influence through UN agencies, demanding that nations like El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize and Bolivia enact abortion-on-demand. And not just these little Latin states are being bossed. Such Latin giants as Argentina, Brazil and Chile are being hectored about their domestic affairs by European nations whose own houses are a shambles.

Pro-abortion groups are hailing these pressures as necessary extensions of “human rights.” They howl for the Latin nations to be judged by the UN under its “Universal Periodic Review” processes, as authorized by the UN General Assembly five years ago.

The problem for the UN bureaucrats and Eurocrats, writes Gutierrez, is this: Abortion has never been recognized by the UN as a human right. Groups like C-FAM, Concerned Women for America and Britain’s SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) have labored long and hard to prevent the UN from declaring abortion a human right. The Vatican Delegation to the UN has been indefatigable in defending the rights of unborn children in that world body.

Where is the Obama administration in all of this? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton famously called abortion “wrong.” But that was in 1994 (Newsweek, October 31st issue), when her husband Bill Clinton was facing a shellacking at the polls.

Before that and ever since, Hillary has aggressively promoted abortion-on-demand. She said nothing about forced abortion in her visits with Chinese officials in Beijing. She never raised human rights with the communists there.

She went to Ottawa, Canada and tongue-lashed our closest allies. She demanded they include abortion in their life-saving foreign aid to African mothers. The only places Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have not pushed abortion is in Antarctica and on the Moon.

Therefore, we should not be surprised that Sec. Clinton has done nothing to uphold the Monroe Doctrine and nothing to defend our Latin American allies from this new form of European imperialism. What has become of the Monroe Doctrine? Will it, too, be aborted? What has become of U.S. treaty obligations to defend the sovereignty of our Latin American friends? Are they being abrogated?