Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Back to the Basics: The Main Message on Life and Family at the United Nations

New York, Thursday, September 19th: Alliance Defending Freedom and Incluyendo Mexico joined forces, at the United Nations to highlight alternative approaches to achieve key Millennium Development Goals. The main message, presented by the speakers, Alan Sears President, CEO, and General Counsel of Alliance defending Freedom, Dr. Elard Koch from Chile, Mark Regnerus of the Austin Institute and Guatemala’s First Lady Rosa Leal de Perez, was: Let’s get back to basics to improve education, maternal health, infant mortality, and poverty rates.

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that each person has inherent dignity and possesses fundamental universal rights,” said Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Alan Sears. “If we remember and live by this, then the United Nations can truly live out its mission and achieve its Millennium Development Goals of peace and unity among nations.”

The event titled, “Life and Family: A Real Approach to the Millennium Development Goals” focused on four of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs. They can be attained if basic human rights—on which the United Nations was founded—are protected. In sum, strengthening family bonds and respecting life can positively affect these four goals: education, maternal health, infant mortality, and poverty rates.

First Lady of Guatemala, Rosa Leal de Perez, gave the opening remarks and emphasized Guatemala’s commitment to support strengthening the family and protecting sanctity of life.

Director of the MELISA Institute, Dr. Elard Koch, provided solid scientific evidence based on several studies in Chile and Mexico that prove the correlation between higher education and improved maternal health. He also dispelled the erroneous assertion that infant mortality rate drops when abortion is legalized. In fact, throughout different countries, abortion increases up to 10 percent when abortion is legal.

Similarly, Professor of the Austin Institute, Mark Regnerus, discussed the importance of focusing on the family to improve education levels. “We tend to underestimate how much people benefit educationally, economically, and socially from living in stable families,” he concluded.

“Our call to action today is to move toward a brighter future and achieve the MDGs by ‘getting back to the basics,” added Sears. “As we do, we will rediscover and mirror the founding purposes of the United Nations and the enactment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
For more information, including media resources and full playback of the event, please visit: http://www.AllianceDefendingFreedom.org/MDGs

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