UN Arm Blocks Pro-Lifers

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 21, 2019   

Austin Ruse: UN-backed conference 'doesn't want pro-life critics'

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UNITED NATIONS (ChurchMilitant.com) - A pro-abortion arm of the United Nations is blocking pro-life organizations from attending an international conference in Africa.

Austin Ruse, president of the U.N. watchdog group Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM), is reporting that groups like his are not getting approval to attend next month's pro-abortion summit in Nairobi, Kenya. Ruse reported Friday that the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) is not approving pro-life registrations for the summit.

The pro-abortion UNFPA "does not want pro-life critics in attendance" as it railroads its pre-written document through the summit, said Ruse.

There may be some reluctance since the document under consideration has already been written by UNFPA, and there will be little or no chance to negotiate. The meeting from beginning to end appears to be fully orchestrated to get a particular result that UNFPA and other abortion advocates will then say is normative.

Ruse told Church Militant that the pro-abortion U.N. agency will try to spin the approval of its document as a sign of consensus.

"It is their conference," said Ruse. "They wrote the document. Governments won't be allowed to negotiate. At the end, UNFPA will lie and say it was an agreement. Our job is to make sure this is widely known."

He observed that UNFPA's website disingenuously claims the conference "'will offer an inclusive platform, bringing together governments, civil society, private sector organizations, women's groups and youth networks to discuss and agree on actions to accelerate implementation' of the Cairo Program of Action."

That same statement can be found here on the UNFPA site registering attendees for the summit titled Nairobi Summit on ICPD25. The conference, Ruse noted, will seek to chip away at the pro-life victories gained during the previous conference in Cairo 25 years ago called "The International Conference on Population and Development."

Some of those victories made at the Cairo conference were summed up by Ruse.

"For instance, abortion is cast in a negative light, as something to be avoided. Moreover, abortion is considered a matter for national governments and not for international organizations like the U.N. and U.N. agencies, like UNFPA," wrote Ruse.

Not all went perfectly in Cairo, he said.

"On the downside, it was in the Cairo document that 'reproductive health' was defined as including abortion," he commented.

There will be little or no chance to negotiate.

President Donald Trump called out the United Nations for its radical pro-abortion bent in his speech on Sept. 25 at the U.N. headquarters in New York:

We are aware that many United Nations projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, right up until the moment of delivery. Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life. Like many nations here today, we in America believe that every child — born and unborn — is a sacred gift from God.

Ruse told Church Militant that Trump's statement was the best any president has ever made to the United Nations.

"It was the most pro-life statement any U.S. president has ever made at the U.N. The U.S. under Trump is quite remarkable at the U.N. Hats off to political appointees at the White House, State Department, Health and Human Services, and USAID. And hats off to Trump himself," remarked Ruse.

The summit will be running the show from start to finish and ensure it gets a specific pro-abortion outcome, said Ruse. Even if they don't get approved to attend the conference, he told Church Militant pro-lifers plan will still go.

"We are likely going anyway," he affirmed. "While we won't be allowed in the meeting, we will be nearby working with our friends in Kenya to get the word out about the pro-abortion radicalism of this U.N. agency and this conference."

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