Manipulation, Deception and Blackmail
Dear Supporter of the Family,
It has been difficult to write this report on the outcome of the recently concluded meeting of the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD). I am concerned that some of the policies adopted will cause great harm to adolescents and youth around the world.
While I prefer to be the optimist and look at the positive, I believe that unless some bold, aggressive steps are taken to immediately reverse the serious pro-family losses we sustained at this year’s CPD meeting will haunt us for years to come. For this report, however I will start with the positive outcomes.
Some good things came out of the meeting thanks to the valiant efforts of a number of UN Member States from Africa, the Islamic Group, the Holy See, Russia, Iran and Pakistan. Without them it would have certainly been worse. After all-night battles they succeeded in removing multiple references to sexual orientation, gender identity and sexual rights from the outcome document. Our biggest victory, however, was the inclusion, for the second year in a row, of language calling first and foremost for respect for national sovereignty and religious and cultural values in any policy implementation.
There is a danger in this victory, however. This is that some countries may once again be lulled into a false sense of security thinking this language somehow protects them against the other dangerous provisions they allowed to be included in the final document, often under intense pressure from developed nations. History unfortunately demonstrates that UN agencies ignore protective language and implement bad policies with no one holding them accountable.
Positive references to the importance of mothers, abstinence and fidelity as well as references condemning pornography and prostitution were all removed from the final document. References to condoms, contraception and commodities all remained with no mention of encouraging youth to refrain from early sex.
Positive references to the important role fathers play and to the importance of the family in the development of children were either removed or corrupted by additional language. Multiple references to family planning and abortion remained. Particularly disturbing was language that was accepted protecting the purported “human rights of adolescents and youth to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health.” This phrase is interpreted by sexual rights activists and UN bureaucrats to establish a right for children as young as ten to be able to decide for themselves when, where, with whom, and with which genders they would like to have sex.
As is usually the case, the entire negotiation process was manipulated from the outset by International Planned Parenthood and UNFPA. Their clear objective was to advance their agenda to force comprehensive sexuality education on the children of the world and undermine parental rights. Sadly, they were largely successful.
UNFPA and IPPF were masterful at hiding the controversial elements behind comprehensive sexuality education including the fact that it is intended to change the gender norms of societies around the world and mainstream LGBT “rights” and acceptance.
Studies were quoted supposedly showing how sexuality education has been proven to reduce high risk behavior and teen births. What they didn’t share was that reducing high risk behavior to them does not mean reducing promiscuous sex, including sodomy, which has the highest transmission of HIV/AIDS. For them, high risk behavior means simply sex without a condom even though they know condoms have high failure rates. They also failed to disclose that teen births may have been reduced by abortion and contraception not by youth abstaining from sex until marriage.
Parental Rights versus Sexuality Education
IPPF planned to use this conference to “abolish” parental rights to guide their children in sexual and reproductive matters, and as a result, the battle over parental rights became quite fierce. In the end a paragraph was adopted that recognized parental rights “as appropriate” and limited those rights to “according to the evolving capacities of the child.” This same paragraph, while acknowledging parental rights in the first sentence, basically cancelled out these parental rights by stating that governments must recognize a child’s right to “privacy” and “confidentiality” and that legal barriers (read parental consent laws and anti-abortion laws) to providing children with health care and “services” must be removed.
In the end, the chairman completely ignored the repeated protests by multiple countries opposing comprehensive sexuality education and presented a final document which still contained two strong references calling for sexuality education. Countries were then pressured to “take it or leave it” and those references were retained in the outcome document.
It was tragic to witness once again nations coming together to try to solve world problems, especially those relating to youth and children, only to be a waste of time, energy, resources and go into late-night, week-long battles where developed nations try to force their sexual rights agenda onto the developing world.
On balance, although there were positive elements and the document could have been much worse, it was not a good outcome for the family and youth around the world. We clearly have our work cut out for us in future UN meetings to push back the agenda to sexualize children.
North Carolina Overwhelmingly Votes
to Defend Marriage
Voters in North Carolina on Tuesday voted by an overwhelming 61% to 39% margin to adopt an amendment to their state’s constitution that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. This margin is even more impressive because marriage defenders were outspent by the anti-marriage coalition by at least 2 to 1. North Carolina becomes the 31st U.S. state to adopt a marriage amendment. Every time such a marriage amendment has been placed on a state ballot in the U.S. it has been adopted by the voters.
As in all other states where marriage amendments have been adopted, support in North Carolina cut across traditional political and ethnic divides. In addition, as is also usually the case, the margin of victory was significantly larger than polling had predicted. The most recent poll in North Carolina before the election predicted that the amendment would pass by 16 per cent and it actually passed by 22 per cent. These consistently higher margins of passage for marriage amendments show that national polls in the U.S. that occasionally show majority support for homosexual marriage must be looked at critically. Results of any poll can vary depending on how the polling question is asked and how the random sample is drawn. But it also is increasingly clear that on some controversial issues such as homosexual marriage at least some poll respondents are giving what they perceive to be the “politically correct” response but actually vote differently when presented with the real choice on marriage.
News Items of Interest
Pills Made From Aborted Babies Seized by Police in South Korea. More than 17,000 capsules containing human flesh, likely from aborted or stillborn babies, smuggled from China were confiscated by South Korean customs officials. The pills, that some believe to have medicinal properties, were composed of "ground stillborn fetus or babies that had been cut into small pieces and dried in gas ranges for two days, then made into powders and encapsulated." Read more here.
Study Finds Maternal Mortality Not Related to Legal Abortion. Abortion rights advocates contend that unless abortion is legal, illegal and “unsafe” abortions will cause more women to die, but a University of Chile study published in the journal PLoS found that making abortion illegal does not contribute to unsafe abortion. After Chile outlawed abortion in 1989, maternal mortality rates decreased 60.2 percent in fourteen years. Read more here.
Irish Parliament Rejects Bill to Legalize Abortion. The legislation, which would have created a legal framework for legal abortion if the life of the mother was at risk, was voted down 111 to 20. Dr. James Reilly, Minister for Health, argued against the bill and said the House should wait for the report of an expert group that is due at the end of June. Read more here.
Arizona Defunds Planned Parenthood. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law that will prohibit state money from going to abortion providers. The Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act will eliminate funding for all family planning and abortion organizations. Arizona is the seventh state to enact such legislation. Read more here.
Colombian Court Considers Homosexual Adoption After Redefining ‘Family.’ Colombia’s Constitutional Court is considering whether to grant same-sex couples the right to adopt. Nine months ago, a ruling was issued stating that same-sex couples were a family in the same way heterosexual couples are. Read more here.
Lesbian Removed as Cub Scout Leader. Jennifer Tyrrell is challenging the Boy Scouts of America over its policy of prohibiting homosexuals from serving as adult leaders of scouts. The policy was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000, which ruled that the organization is private and has the right to establish its own policies. Read more here.
Obama Website Lists LGBT Accomplishments. President Obama’s re-election website recently added a page touting his administration’s efforts to promote the homosexual agenda. The addition may have been in response to accusations from homosexual activists accusing Obama of reneging on campaign promises. Read more here.
Male-on-male Attacks in U.S. Military up Since Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' According to a recent report on sexual assault in the military issued by the U.S. Department of Defense, sexual misbehavior is on the rise. In 2006, five percent of violent sexual assaults were against men. Now the figure is 12 to 14 percent. Non-consensual sodomy attacks for 2011 totaled 7 percent of the total sexual assaults. Read more here.
California Legislature May Ban Homosexual Reorientation Therapy. A bill to criminalize providing reorientation psychotherapy for minors and otherwise limit this therapy for clients seeking help passed the final committee hurdle in the state senate. The legislation is being pushed by homosexual activist groups which consistently deny the efficacy of reorientation therapy largely because when people understand that homosexuality is not innate and immutable they tend to be less supportive of the homosexual activist political agenda. Read more here.
Less Than Half of U.S. Households Led by Married Couples. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, for the first time since at least 1940 when statistics began to be kept, the number of married households in the U.S. fell below 50 percent. Rates were 48.4 percent in 2010, down from 55.2 percent in 1990 and 51.7 percent in 2000. Read more here.
New French President Favors Legalizing Homosexual Marriage. Newly elected Socialist Francois Hollande among other radical policies supports legalizing homosexual marriage and euthanasia. France has been staunchly opposed to legalization following a report several years ago by a commission of the National Assembly that recommended against legalizing homosexual marriage, allowing homosexuals to adopt and supporting artificial reproduction treatments for homosexual couples. Read more here.
Little Interest in Civil Unions in Rhode Island. Just 52 civil unions have been granted to homosexual couples in the nine months since the law permitting them was passed. Read more here.
Pope’s Representative in Britain Calling for Broad Religious Coalition to Defend Marriage. Catholic leaders in Britain are being urged to join with Muslims, Jews and other Christian denominations to present a strong and united front to oppose the government’s efforts to legalize homosexual marriage. Read more here.
U.S. Survey Shows Increasing Public Support for Homosexual Marriage. The Pew Research Center for the Public and the Press has found increasing support for homosexual marriage since 2004. The group polls to determine shifts on issues that will be prominent in presidential elections. Since 2004, opposition has dropped from 60 percent to 43 percent in 2012 and support has increased from 31 percent to 47 percent currently. The poll has a margin of error of approximately +/- 3 percent. Read more here.
Gallup Poll Shows Support for Homosexual Marriage Slipping in U.S. The most recent survey shows that 50 percent of Americans supported legalizing homosexual marriage with 48 percent opposed. That is down from 53 percent support in last year’s poll. Opposition has risen from 45 percent last year. The new results are well within the poll’s margin of error of +/- three percent. Read more here.
News Items of General Interest
Mass Protests of Parents in Bulgaria. The passage of an updated Child Protection Act in Bulgaria has stirred heated debates and public protests against the bill, which some believe will infringe on parental rights and threaten families. Read more here.
Western Pressure on African Countries About Homosexual Policies Starting to Backfire. Some African homosexual activists say that threats by the U.S., Britain and other western countries to make foreign aid conditional on these countries changing laws and policies related to homosexuality may be doing more harm than good. The danger is that as African leaders refuse to be “bribed” by these western countries and lose foreign aid, homosexuals in these countries will be blamed for the negative impacts that result from this loss. Read more here.
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