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Mexico City Policy Reinstatement and Expansion — Talking Points

Introduction As one of his first acts as President, Donald Trump reinstated the policy first enacted by President Ronald Reagan that blocks federal funding for NGOs that promote or provide…

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Seven Reasons to Reject “Comprehensive Sexuality Education”

Children need and deserve guidance, not only information. Whatever we tell children, we also teach them. And what we teach them will shape their personalities, attitudes, and values throughout their entire lives.

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Is There an ‘Unmet Need’ for Family Planning?

The claim that 200 million of the world’s women and girls want contraception but can’t get it is false, but it is still used to funnel billions of dollars to the international family planning and abortion industry each year.

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ACTION ALERT: Abortion Advocates Seek to Sway Trump on Mexico City Policy with Faulty Arguments

International abortion advocates report that they are trying to convince the incoming Trump administration not reinstate the 1984 Mexico City Policy. Their arguments are false and it is essential that…

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The History of the Syndemic of AIDS among Gay Men in the United States and the Failure of the Risk Reduction Strategy

HIV/AIDS is no longer a major concern for the public in the United States. It doesn’t even make the list, but the epidemic rolls on.

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Six Problems with WHO’s new policy recommendation: “Brief sexuality-related communication: Recommendations for a public health approach”

In May of 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a policy guidance urging healthcare workers at all levels receive training and engage in impromptu counseling on matters relating to sexuality with both adult and adolescent patients. Its approach raises many concerns for the children it targets, for their families, and for healthcare providers.

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The Unfinished Business of MDG 5 on Maternal Health and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

At this pivotal time, as countries decide the future of the world’s development priorities and how billions of dollars will be spent, the fate of mothers lies in their hands.

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The Politics of “Comprehensive Sexuality Education”

The paper describes the characteristics of the “Sex Education Establishment:” an array of influential and international organizations, global authorities such as UNICEF, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as powerful and diffuse associations and/or donor agencies such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), CARE, the Population Council, etc.

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Securing a Better Future for Mothers in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Evaluating the ICPD Operational Review

As the UN prepares a new global development agenda, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) released an “ICPD Operational Review” of progress over the last twenty years, and recommendations for future policies. While presenting helpful information, it also contains misleading information and distortions, particularly related to abortion. This paper identifies UNFPA’s distortions, and provides proven ways to improve maternal health.

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Eleven Problems with the 2012 WHO Technical Guidance on Abortion

This paper analyzes the 11 most troubling aspects in two main areas: the way the guidance would raise the risk to women’s health and the way the guidance is based upon faulty legal and scientific data.

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Abortion and Preterm Birth: Why Medical Journals Aren’t Giving Us The Real Picture

Dr. Calhoun’s paper reviews a large body of literature concerning the risk factors for preterm birth. He finds a disturbing trend among medical journals and some authors to undervalue or bury entirely the link between previous abortion and risk of preterm birth. The paper draws attention to the existence of 127 peer-reviewed studies that show an increased risk of preterm birth following an abortion.

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Six More Problems with Women Deliver: Why Attempts to Redefine Maternal Health as Reproductive Health Threaten the World’s Women

If UN member states adopt the agenda for maternal health proposed at Women Deliver, women all over the world will suffer more for it.

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Six Problems with the World Programme of Action for Youth: How WPAY Fails Young People

This paper highlights six of the problems found in the WPAY document, and the reasons why WPAY does not accurately reflect the current needs of youth around the world.

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Is Benedict in Favor of World Government? Human Dignity and UN Authority in Caritas in Veritate

As observers continue to decipher the meaning of Pope Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, all appear to agree that the passage of note, the passage that may prove…

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Removing the Roadblocks from Achieving MDG 5 by Improving the Data on Maternal Mortality

By establishing Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG 5), world leaders agreed that reducing maternal mortality was essential to fulfilling their “collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level.” The goal aims at improving maternal health by reducing by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio between 1990 and 2015. Now at the halfway point, the world lags far behind in achieving the goal, with questionable prospects for success. This paper demonstrates one important reason why.

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Faith at the UN: Pope Benedict’s Proposal

When Pope Benedict addressed the UN General Assembly in April 2008, he said his presence was “a sign of esteem for the United Nations.” What was the reason for the Pope’s esteem, for his “faith” in the UN? This essay by William DeMars, an expert in the field of humanitarianism, examines Pope Benedict’s message at the UN to find an answer.

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Six Problems with “Women Deliver:” Why the UN Should Not Change MDG 5

UN agencies and members of the UN Secretariat partnered in a conference promoting, among other things, abortion rights as the only way to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, improving maternal health. The conference, called “Women Deliver,” was held in London from 18 – 20 October 2007. The radically new approach is gravely flawed for many reasons. This paper addresses the six primary problems with the controversial approach promoted at the conference, herein termed the “abortion first” approach.

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Six Problems with the “Yogyakarta Principles”

The six areas of concern with the Principles are not meant to be exhaustive. A second section elaborates on certain erroneous premises found throughout the Principles, and suggests (in brief) how a response to the Principles might be formulated.

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