EDITORIAL: C-Fam Launches Campaign Against UN Global Abortion Tax
NEW YORK, March 11 (C-Fam) C-Fam has been following the machinations connected to a global tax on financial transactions for many years. It is an idea that has been discussed and considered around the world and at the UN for a long time and it is among the most dangerous ideas imaginable for the unborn child and the family.
The UN and its agencies raised hundreds of millions of dollars through voluntary contributions from Member States from private sources. Such funds come with strings attached, demands for accountability and transparency.
Top UN officials and others would like for the UN to have its own money, its own revenue stream precisely so their budgets will not be beholden to democratic bodies to whom they must be accountable.
Enter the Tobin Tax, a tax on international financial transactions, that would become an independent revenue stream of billions of dollars for the UN.
UN bureaucrats say the revenue of a Tobin Tax would go to humanitarian causes. But already UN officials, including the Secretary General, say that abortion is a humanitarian issue. The head of the UN Human Rights Office recently said abortion must be made legal for medical reasons in the context of the Zika epidemic.
You may rightly ask, is the Tobin Tax real? Why raise the alarm now?
We raise the alarm now because a Tobin Tax was on the agenda for the World Humanitarian Summit set to meet this May in Istanbul. What’s more, we recently discovered that the Tobin Tax was part of the “indicators” of the Sustainable Development Goals, the most important development document in UN history.
In 2011 the UN Development Program argued for a Tobin Tax in its annual Human Development Report.
The Tobin Tax is real. It is a threat. And we as an institution have determined to alert our friends around the world and to organize opposition to this dangerous idea.
Today, we have launched a webpage with documentation about the Global Abortion Tax and a petition that we want to circle the globe. We need thousands of everyday people from all over the world to sign this petition that we will present to the UN by the end of this year.
The reason that C-Fam was founded as the first full-time pro-life group at the UN is because it became obvious that pro-lifers needed to become involved in various UN negotiations at the very beginning and not at the end when very little can be done. We have learned over the years that bad things can be stopped at the UN. They wanted a global right to abortion and they have failed. They wanted to redefine the family and they failed. They wanted to redefine gender and they failed. They failed in all this, though they have not stopped, because pro-lifers have been involved from the very beginning and through every step of important negotiations.
This is the very beginning of the fight against the Global Abortion Tax. We ask you for your help. You can sign the petition at https://c-fam.org/stop-un-global-tax/ and please send it to your friends and family around the world.