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Lost in Translation: The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm

An essay that tells the story of the campaign for reproductive rights language in UN documents and the desire for an international right to abortion, has utterly failed.

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Abortion and the Laws of War: Subverting Humanitarianism by Executive Edict

From the kidnapping of schoolgirls to the mass shooting of unarmed civilians, violations of humanitarian principles have become the subject of daily news stories. One of the core standards of humanitarian law—the prohibition against rape—faces attack from two fronts: the militant groups that systematically flout it, and the activists seeking to subvert it to invent a right to abortion. In a new law review article, Dr. Susan Yoshihara traces this recent strategy to enshrine abortion in humanitarian law, reveals the lack of legal substance behind it, and issues an important call for politicians and policymakers to continue to reject this flawed reasoning, even as pressure continues to build.

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Sustainable Development

Climate change and sustainable development are the subjects of news headlines and global agreements, from the UN’s Agenda 2030 to the recent climate discussions that produced the Paris Agreement. In his white paper on Sustainable Development, Riccardo Cascioli provides much-needed context for these important matters, focusing on the importance of making sure the agenda remains centered on the human person as both its agent and its beneficiary.

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The World Health Organization’s Abortion Agenda

In this paper the author Andrew Essig endeavors to show how far the World Health Organization (WHO) has come from its original mandate, to expose the degree to which the…

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Natural and Un-Natural Law

“Natural and Un-Natural Law” — sets forth that clash between the ideals of 1948 and the counter-principles asserted by the generation of 1968. Jakob Cornides exposes the shoddy thinking of those who seek to establish a right to abortion — the ultimate exercise of raw, bloody power over the helpless and powerless.

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International Law and the Right to Abortion

Do treaty obligations exist that require governments to liberalize their laws on abortion? An increasing chorus of pro-abortion legal scholars, lawyers and other advocates answer yes. So far, only a few national judges have agreed with this proposition, but we expect many more to fall sway to these purely ideological and legally specious arguments.

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The Millennium Development Goals: In Light of Catholic Social Teaching

This paper considers the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from the perspective of Catholic social doctrine in three ways.

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Europe’s Social Agenda: Why is the European Union Regulating Morality?

The paper examines the evolution of European Union’s activities and legislation in the area of social policy with special attention paid to financial programming in the areas of human life and sexuality. The author argues that since the Amsterdam Treaty of 1999 the EU has become an active agent of social change on the European continent.

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Rights By Stealth: The Role of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in the Campaign for an International Right to Abortion

In the mid-1990s, a group of UN officials and nongovernmental organizations gathered to formulate a strategy to promote a controversial international social policy agenda by reinterpreting existing human rights treaties to give them new meanings.

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World Bank: How it Compromises Economic Development by Promoting a Population Control Agenda

Andrew Essig’s paper analyzes the evolution of the World Bank’s official policy with regards to population control programs.

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International Pro-Abortion Litigation Strategy: An Anti-Democratic Plan to Force Legalized Abortion on the World’s Governments

The paper analyzes legal strategies of reproductive rights advocates, in particular the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), to legalize abortion around the world. The paper starts with a discussion of actions of various United Nations bodies such as the treaty monitoring bodies, UNFPA, and UNICEF, which through their interpretation of the existing UN documents justify their pro-abortion policies and recommendations. It then goes on to analyze particular strategies of CRR that abet and support these efforts.

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Ford Foundation: Founder of Modern Population Control

In this paper, Martin Morse Wooster excavates the roots of population control ideas that took a strong hold in the United States after the second world war. Specifically, the paper focuses on the pioneering role of the Ford Foundation in championing population control programs in the developing world, dividing Ford Foundation activities into four stages.

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United Nations Children’s Fund: Women or Children First?

The paper demonstrates that UNICEF has abandoned its initial focus on helping children and re-focused on advocating for sexual and reproductive rights.

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United Nations Population Fund: Assault on the World’s Peoples

UNFPA acts contrary to its self-declared “strict policy” not to provide support for abortions or abortion-related activities anywhere in the world. The author, a political theorist and a historian of ideas, closely analyzes the language employed by UNFPA, which tries to qualify this “strict policy.”

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War on Faith: How Catholics for a Free Choice Seeks to Undermine the Catholic Church

The paper analyzes activities of the non-governmental organization (NGO) “Catholics For Free Choice” (CFFC), now called “Catholics for Choice.” It argues that despite its claims, the work of CFFC shows does not seek reform in the Catholic Church, but rather it aims to promote radical sexual liberation through syncretistic/polytheistic theology and liturgy.

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