“Needs” Without Wants

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to reassess the “indicators” or benchmarks for reaching the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and make changes where appropriate. One outgoing indicator—“unmet need” for family planning—was controversial when it was first adopted and has gotten even more controversial in the hands of activists.

Universal Periodic Review: Regional Pressure to Expand Abortion

The Universal Periodic Review is supposed to be a platform where countries can hold each other accountable to their obligations to respect human rights as laid out in the international treaties they have ratified. However, some countries are using it as a way to pressure countries into changing their laws on abortion.

Protecting Life and Family in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This C-Fam publication explains why validating “various forms of the family” is a bad idea and why the family as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the best vehicle to protect the human rights of children.

The Unfinished Business of MDG5 and the SDGs

Every year mothers lose their lives because resources that could improve maternal health are spent elsewhere.

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.

Human Rights in the Arab World: Some Arguments in Favor of a Regional Framework

Amid the recent uprisings in many Middle Eastern countries, and given the unique history of the region, experts are questioning how to ensure human rights are protected in the Arab world. Edmund Burke Fellow Marc Sabbagh argues in favor of a regional human rights framework centered around the Arab states.

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.

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.

Sex Selection in China and its Demographic Causes

Sex selective abortion is known to be a serious problem in some countries, including India and China. Anne Morse discusses how skewed gender ratios resulting from sex selection are further exacerbated by falling fertility rates, even as women’s status in society improves.