Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Victory at UN Commission on Population and Development

The first week in April was not a good week for UNFPA, the UN Population Fund which was first given the news at the outset of its conference, the Commission on Population and Development, that the Trump Administration had decided to withdraw funding of  around $75 million on the basis that UNFPA’s activities in China are complicit with that nation’s coercive population control program, the implementation of which includes forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.

The UNFPA problems continued later that week with a firm rejection of the anti life and family policies they and other UN organs are attempting to impose globally.  The outcome of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) was in fact a significant victory by pro-life and family forces and was the second time in three years that the Commission failed to produce an outcome document.

The 50th session of the Commission held at UN headquarters in New York, was themed, ‘Changing population age structures and sustainable development’. This was the first CPD since the Trump Administration took office in the US and was viewed by UNFPA and their anti-life allies, such as International Planned Parenthood (IPPF), as a testing ground to establish the direction the administration would take when faced with demands for the acceptance of controversial language on sexual and reproductive rights and comprehensive sexuality education for children.

In recent years the negotiating strategy adopted by Western governments has been to insert many references to controversial issues in documents during the negotiating period and rely on the chair to issue a compromise text which inevitably retains some of those issues.
In this case the outcome document was similarly loaded up with controversial language and when the chair’s text was circulated early on Friday morning it was completely unacceptable. Negotiations continued all day Friday and a so called compromise text was produced by the Qatar Chair, Ambassador Alya Ahmed Al Thani, which in the end failed to satisfy either side leaving her with no option for her but to withdraw the text.

The decision by the chair to withdraw the document was enthusiastically welcomed by pro-life and pro-family NGO’s but was greeted with a shocked silence and anger by the anti-life and family brigade when the realisation sunk in that there would not be an outcome document and that their plans for sexualising children had been stopped.

One of the most poignant interventions was made by the Russian Federation’s delegate who told the meeting that pushing sexual and reproductive health rights as indivisible from human rights was nothing but an attempt to undermine international agreements on human rights.  Such formulations, he said, diluted basic human rights, which only discredited the Commission’s work.

 He also expressed opposition to use of the Commission as a “back door” through which to force various human rights concepts that did not meet the broader consensus.

Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), expressed regret that the Commission had been unable to reach consensus on its outcome document for the second time adding that it was clearly a challenging time for the Commission. As population age structures changed, commitment to improving the lives of women and girls was becoming increasingly important, he said, and he urged all Member States to continue their funding of UNFPA so as to restore its core budget.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

So much for free speech #FreeSpeechBus tour

CitizenGo, the International Organisation for the Family and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) joined together to co-sponsor a major event in the United States in the promotion of a #FreeSpeechBus tour.

The #FreeSpeechBus tour was designed to spark a national conversation about the truth of gender and to call for the right of all Americans to debate the issues surrounding gender without fear of harassment or retaliation. 
The tour which celebrates the complementarity but also the differences between male and female commenced in Manhattan today with a press conference and visits to the United Nations and Trump Tower.


Sadly after only a few hours the free speech bus has been attacked and vandalised in the streets of Manhattan. 
Windows  were smashed and the sides of the bus were covered in graffiti.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Citizens' Assembly: Shut it down now

It is with sadness that I watch the ongoing farce known as the Citizens' Assembly and I have to ask myself how is it that the killing of babies can even be contemplated let alone presented as an acceptable option by some members of our society? 

Everyone knows that certain members of the Irish Government are committed to changing the law but they are also keenly aware that a direct decision to do so would have a disastrous effect on their chances of re-election, hence the creation of the talking shop known as the Citizens Assembly to ‘investigate’ the issues.  The obvious purpose of this is to create the pretence that they are acting on the advice of the Assembly and are at arms length from the issue allowing them to  claim that a new referendum is the will of the people. 
It stands to reason that the Irish Government would not have appointed such a body if they really believed that the killing of babies is unacceptable and were intent on upholding the 8th Amendment.
To date the strategic direction of the Citizens’ Assembly appears to the onlooker as being substantially pro-abortion with an occasional nod towards the pro-life view.
The Assembly secretariat appear to have completely ignored the fact that the current law upholds the right to life of the unborn which has resulted in the development of a caring, 2 patient model for pregnancy and childbirth. It also ignores the achievements of the 8th amendment which include at least 100,000 additional citizens.

We have to ask how is it considered acceptable to introduce people who make their living from the killing of babies to take part of our national debate?
Patricia Lohr of BPAS for example, who infamously told a London audience last September that killing children by abortion is “extremely gratifying”, gave an address to the Assembly during its 3rd session.   
This lady also published a paper on Feticide[1] in which she chillingly tells us:
From a medical perspective, this term refers to modalities to induce fetal demise (1). Feticide is most commonly used for selective termination of higher order gestations to twins or singletons. It is also used by some providers before medical and surgical abortion in the second and third trimesters to avoid signs of life at induction or in the belief that it makes the procedure easier and safer. Several methods have been described including intra-cardiac injection of potassium chloride, intra-amniotic injection of digoxin, and transection of the umbilical cord (2). Older methods of medical abortion employed instillation of hyperosmolar solutions such as urea, which also variably induced fetal demise.  

The Assembly was also addressed by a representative of the Guttmacher Institute – the research wing of Planned Parenthood which is the largest abortion provider in the United States and throughout the world.

In recent decades we have witnessed a drift away from the understanding of natural law which includes the prohibition on killing as set out in the 5th Commandment to positive law which seeks to identify and implement all sorts of trumped up individual rights, in the name of liberty, regardless of the consequences of this approach. The twisted thinking of the liberal left which denies the humanity of unborn babies is rooted in Marxist ideology.

Shut down this unsatisfactory Assembly now.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

ELN submission to Citizens' Assembly

European Life Network in a submission to the Citizens' Assembly has appealed for the retention of the 8th amendment and has included a link to the video prepared in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children as set out below

Appeal to uphold and cherish the 8th Amendment: with video link
European Life Network calls on the Citizens’ Assembly to uphold the 8th Amendment and reject all attempts to legalise the killing of unborn children. In support of this appeal, we have prepared a video presentation (produced in partnership with the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) featuring Irish people, and people of Irish descent, with specialised knowledge and personal experience of these issues. We ask the Assembly to view this video, available here: 

Despite false claims, the 8th Amendment simply recognises that unborn babies have a right to life equal to that of their mothers. Ireland’s maternal health record, among the best in the world, also reflects the fact that Irish doctors are trained to treat a mother and her unborn child as two equal patients. 

In this presentation, Raymond Cardinal Burke argues that a clause similar to the 8th Amendment should be in the constitution of every nation. He notes the dedication of Ireland’s Constitution to the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom, is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred”. Through this dedication, Ireland provides a great example of a correctly ordered society.

Dr Patrick Fagan (Director of Marriage and Religion Research Institute) argues that when a nation starts to eliminate pain and suffering by eliminating people, there is no logical place to draw a line. Even limited relaxation of abortion law leads inevitably to widespread abortion. In the UK, the Abortion Act 1967, was not intended to introduce abortion on demand. Fifty years on, more than 8.4 million babies have been aborted. 

Evidence shows that abortion is physically and psychologically damaging, no matter where it takes place. Bernadette Goulding (Director of Rachel’s Vineyard, Ireland) who had an abortion herself, describes the trauma millions of women around the world have experienced following abortion. 

Former MEP’s Dana Rosemary Scallon and Kathy Sinnott highlight the huge international pressure on Ireland to introduce abortion.

Kathy Sinnott contrasts the terminal decline of European states as a result of low birthrates with the situation in Ireland. The repeal of the 8th Amendment would propel Ireland towards a similar demographic collapse. She also argues that seeking to dispose of children with life-limiting conditions or serious disabilities is modern day eugenics. 

Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived in a violent rape, challenges the inherent injustice of punishing innocent babies for the crimes of their biological fathers.

Cliona Johnson tells the heart-rending story of her son John Paul who lived 17 minutes after birth. Their story offers a truthful and inspiring account of authentic compassion for the most vulnerable of all – unborn babies deemed incompatible with life”.

Finally, the video calls on the Irish diaspora to speak out now and to encourage the nation to maintain its pro-life culture that is identified and admired worldwide.