Opinion: Who Will Fight for the Family at the UN?
Even on the seventieth anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Commission on Social Development did not refer to the family as “natural and fundamental group unit of society, entitled to protection by society and the state” at its annual session this week.
States Debate Enhanced Powers and Authority for UN Bureaucrats
Responding to criticism of Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ ambitious plans for the UN development system, UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed kicked off a series of briefings for member States on UN development reform Monday.
UN Plan for Super Bureaucrats Still Controversial
At the UN this week, nations expressed concern about a plan from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that would give UN bureaucrats in every country enhanced political and budgetary powers. They say it will undermine their sovereign prerogatives and national priorities.
Inter-American Human Rights Court Tries to Impose Homosexual Marriage on Entire Continent
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights published a much-anticipated advisory opinion earlier this month that says homosexual marriage and transgender identity change are human rights in the American Convention on Human Rights.
A Global LGBT Reality Check
A couple of recent news items reinforce the perception of a backlash against the LGBT agenda. Even in the U.S. and Europe it seems support for the homosexual and transgender…
UN Agency Defies General Assembly, Promotes “Comprehensive Sexuality Education”
The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNSECO) published a new technical guidance on “Comprehensive Sexuality Education,” over the recent objections of UN member states to this kind of sex education.
Pope Francis Decries Ideological Colonialism Before World’s Diplomats
Pope Francis highlighted the right to life, the need to protect the family, and the dangers of “ideological colonialism” in his annual address to the diplomatic corps of the Holy See.
General Assembly Rejects Humanitarian Abortion
In a major setback to machinations of the UN bureaucracy and abortion groups to make abortion a humanitarian right, the UN General Assembly declined to endorse abortion as an essential part of emergency humanitarian response earlier this month.
Worst Moments for Human Life and the Family at the UN in 2017
Of many bad moments for the unborn child and the natural family, five stand out in 2017.
Guatemala Supreme Court Strikes Down UNFPA Pro-Abortion Manual
A scathing sentence of the Supreme Court of Guatemala on December 8 ordered government officials to withdraw a controversial pro-abortion human rights manual prepared with the help of the UN Population Fund.
ESSAYS AND COMMENTARY
Beyond Roe: A Global Roadmap for the Pro-Life Movement, Public Discourse (February 14, 2018)
How Their Refusal To Tolerate Dissent Is Creating A Global Backlash Against LGBT People, The Federalist (January 11, 2018)
The Problem with Pro-Life “Lite”, The Stream (November 12, 2017)
Rules for (Pro-Life) Radicals, The Stream (November 1, 2017)
What Happened at the Vatican’s Bio-Extinction Conference, Catholic World Report (September 21, 2017)
Can We Stop an International Roe v. Wade?, Public Discourse (September 13, 2017)
And LGBT Roadmap for President Trump, The Stream (July 29, 2017)
Spadaro’s American Christian Straw Man, The Stream (July 21, 2017)
The Paris Accord Epitomizes Why All Bureaucrats Need Term Limits, The Federalist (June 5, 2017)
The Genius of the Mexico City Policy and the Pro-Life Legacy of President Trump, Public Discourse (May 17, 2017)
Population Control Ideologue Paul Ehrlich Speaks at the Vatican, The Stream (February 27, 2017)
We Must Fight the Global War on Marriage, The Stream (October 3, 2016)
One Year Since Obergefell Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace, The Stream (June 25, 2016)
Pope Francis and the Human-Rights Issue of Our Time, National Catholic Register (September 25, 2015)
“Reproductive Health” is a Trojan Horse, First Things, First Thoughts (July 1, 2015)
The Wrong Way to Respond to Critics, First Things, Web Exclusives (May 29, 2015)
Allow Abortion—Or You’re Guilty of Torture, First Things, Web Exclusives (May 13, 2014)
A Strong Note of Caution on Reproductive Health and Family Planning, First Things, Web Exclusives (May 16, 2012) (Austin Ruse, co-author)
IN THE NEWS
Training the Next Generation of U.N. Pro-Life Advocates, National Catholic Register (January 19, 2015)
Officials Denounce Claims that Kenyan Vaccine Meant for Population Control, The Washington Times (November 14, 2014)
Weighing a Catholic Change for LGBT and Divorcees, NPR OnPoint with Tom Ashbrook, (October 16, 2014)
U.N. Panel Says Vatican is Lax Over Abusive Priests, New York Times (May 23, 2014)
U.N. Committee to Vatican: Change Church Teaching, National Catholic Register (February 8, 2014)
UN Abuse Report: From Policy to Ideology, Zenit.org (February 6, 2014)
The diffusion of sexual and reproductive rights through the UN human rights framework, in Aleksander Stepkowski (ed.), PROTECTION OF HUMAN LIFE IN ITS EARLY STAGE: INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATIONS AND MEANS (Peter Lang Editions 2014) (link)