The UN Population Fund, in their latest report about violence against women, states:
Interpretations of human rights treaties identify “gender-biased sex selection” in favour of boys as a harmful practice. International human rights law, to a large extent, defers to nations to legislate on abortion (UN HRC, 2018). However, a plethora of recognized human rights together frame son preference as manifested in gender-biased sex selection as a human rights violation.
Rights related to equality and non-discrimination:
• Women’s Convention, Articles 2 and 3
• Child Rights Convention, Article 2
Rights against gender stereotyping:
• Women’s Convention, Article 5(a)
The right to be secure in one’s person:
• International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 9
The right to be protected from violence:
• Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, General Recommendations 19 and 35
The right to enjoy one’s health:
• International Covenant on Economic and Cultural Rights, Article 12
• Women’s Convention, Article 12
I am utterly puzzled at this implicit apology to abortion more broadly but against sex-selection abortion. I am of course not defending the latter but against abortion in general, which is also "discrimination" against unborn babies, violates the "right to be secure in one's person", violates the "right to be protected from violence" and violates the "right to enjoy one's health" (sic from above).
Why does abortion in general does not, for the UN, imply a violation of these rights?