The Importance of Consensus at the UN

Since the founding of the United Nations, member states have tried to adopt common policy positions on a wide range of issues by “consensus.” This is a standard term in parliamentary procedure common to legislative bodies and boardrooms. It means that that a decision or resolution is adopted without objection or the need for a vote because everyone agrees with the proposed text.


Jamaica Under Pressure: A Caribbean nation faces mounting demands by international actors to change its abortion laws

For decades, countries with pro-life laws have faced increasing pressure to liberalize their laws, both by direct pressure by international expert bodies and other governments and through attempts—thus far unsuccessful—to establish an international human right to abortion.  In recent months, Jamaica has become the target of a well-organized and well-funded campaign to remove legal protections from the unborn and ensure that abortion is not only broadly legal but also readily accessible.


Talking Points on the HELMS Amendment

Democrat control of both houses of Congress sets up the real possibility that the Biden administration will either sign the repeal of the Helms Amendment or re-interpret Helms to allow U.S. funding for abortion overseas. C-Fam offers suggested talking points to defend the Helms Amendment from attacks from both the Democrat controlled 117th Congress and the Biden administration.

Policy Papers

Biden’s First 100 Days: Positioning the U.S. to be the World’s Abortion Provider

This Definitions examines the actions taken by the Biden administration in its first hundred days as they pertain to the international abortion debate, and consider how they can help to predict what is yet to come in the remainder of his term.


Why Not SRHR?

The phrase “sexual and reproductive health and rights,” or SRHR, is ubiquitous in the advocacy and programmatic work of UN agencies and the UN secretariat. 


Who Will Save Multilateralism from Itself? The United Nations at 75

From the moment Donald Trump was elected to the U.S. presidency four years ago, there has been a loud clamor that multilateralism is in crisis. His “America First” doctrine has been excoriated as an invitation to dismantle the UN system. This could not be further from the truth.


Kenya in the Crosshairs: How the abortion lobby is pressuring an African country from within and without

Sub-Saharan Africa has become a key battleground for the abortion debate that continues within international institutions. Many countries in the region, with the notable exception of South Africa, have pro-life laws that prohibit or strongly restrict abortion, and the practice continues to be viewed negatively within the broader culture of many African countries, which celebrate large families.


Evidence of Systemic and Unlawful Abortion Promotion by UN Agencies, the Secretariat, and other UN Entities

In 1994, at the International Conference on Population and Development, UN member states agreed that abortion was an issue to be addressed exclusively in national politics and legislation, and therefore…

Briefing Papers

The Gender Agenda: How the LGBT Movement is Hijacking Women’s Rights

In the early 1990s, UN policy began to use the terms “gender,” “gender equality,” “gender balance,” “gender policies,” “gender-sensitive,” etc. to refer to the social, legal, and economic disparities between women and men and policies to address them. UN member states accepted the term “gender” with the understanding that it referred to the two biological sexes and the promotion of the equality of women and men, and nothing more. They thought that by using this term they were focusing on the advancement of women and girls.


UN-safe Abortion: How the Abortion Industry has Used UN Agencies to Legitimize Abortion

The often-repeated adage that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare,” popularized by U.S. President Bill Clinton, generally captures how the term “safe abortion” was once understood. Abortion is not a good thing. It should be avoided as much as possible. Since the Clinton era, though, abortion advocates have distanced themselves from the phrase, arguing that the word “rare” imparts stigma. Instead, they have increasingly worked to frame abortion as a good thing, and used the word “safe” as part of the push to establish abortion as an international right.