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WASHINGTON D.C., April 9 (C-Fam) – Last week, the UN’s Women’s Agency and the government of Mexico co-hosted an online forum to commemorate 25 years since the launch of the Beijing Platform for Action on women’s rights. Activists promoting abortion and “sexual rights”— elements that were rejected at Beijing — took advantage of the tightly-curated forum to ensure their agenda was included in the draft “blueprints” that emerged.
The Generation Equality Forum, which has been described as a tightly controlled “champions-only space,” showcased the work of six “action coalitions,” one of which focused on “bodily autonomy and SRHR.” The draft blueprint presented by this group was explicit in its agenda: “support removal of restrictive policies and legal barriers, ensuring 50 million more adolescent girls and women live in jurisdictions where they can access safe and legal abortion by 2026.”
Other targets included delivering comprehensive sexuality education to 50 million girls and “increas[ing] the quality of and access to contraceptive services” for 50 million women and girls, in which “access” is measured in relation to an “assumed rate of change in voluntary contraceptive use.
“So heartening that abortion [is] fully included,” tweeted Françoise Girard, former president of the International Women’s Health Coalition, one of the leading organizations in the SRHR “action coalition.” Girard added that this was “not ultimately surprising given its leadership” but was “still a discussion.” She applauded the Generation Equality Forum for “leapfrogging empty debates to spur change!”
Mere days before, the UN’s annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) concluded with a negotiated consensus document that, once again, excluded controversial elements such as a right to abortion, comprehensive sexuality education, explicit references to LGBT issues, and the umbrella term “sexual and reproductive health and rights” (SRHR), which is widely understood to include all of those things.
In contrast, the “Generation Equality Forum” is run by the agency UN Women rather than the UN’s member countries, and outcomes it generates are not decided on the basis of consensus. Postponed from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the forum consists of the March event in Mexico followed by a June summit in France, where the draft blueprints will be finalized and countries and other stakeholders will be invited to make concrete commitments in support of women’s rights.
The forum is similar to the summit held in Nairobi in fall of 2019 to commemorate another seminal UN event of the mid-1990s: the International Conference on Population and Development. The Nairobi Summit was directed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and set out a nonbinding set of targets and commitments through a largely stage-managed process.
The so-called 'Equality Act' contains deadly poison for Christian democracy in the United States. And, its harmless-sounding name tries to hide this insidious reality.
But, unfortunately, Pelosi and company have JUST PASSED this morally repugnant bill in the US House of Representatives.
Pro-life and pro-family organizations, as well as Christian churches and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and freedom-loving groups everywhere, are now sounding the alarm.
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This petition, therefore, calls on every US Senator to vigorously oppose and reject this bill.
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The bill has nothing to do with "equality," or with extending the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which is how it is being touted by the leftists in the mainstream media.
It is, rather, one of the MOST EXTREME anti-life, pro-LGBT indoctrination bills ever proposed.
It has been described as a short-list of the worst possible elements of the Radical Left's agenda in Congress...and, REMEMBER, it has just passed the House!
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Below are some of the devastating critiques of 'Equality Act,' leveled by some of the best conservative, Christian minds in the country.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), has written that the 'Equality Act' will include, "the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion this country has ever seen.”
"Under this big new umbrella of 'discrimination,'" continued Perkins, "any American who doesn’t want to fund, offer, perform, or participate in abortion on demand will have no real choice. They can conform — or they can be punished."
"Every wall that’s been built between abortion and the government would come crashing down, including the Hyde Amendment, the pro-conscience Weldon Amendment, and several international barriers that keep our country from exporting abortion."
ON CHRISTIANITY, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM and LGBT INDOCTRINATION:
Lloyd Marcus, of the American Thinker publication, has written about the 'Equality Act' in the following terms:
"LGBTQ enforcer and homosexual Democrat congressman David Cicilline is sponsor of the Equality Act. Cicilline's evil bill is the most aggressive assault on our constitutional religious liberties in U.S. history...If the Equality Act becomes the law of the land, every outrageous, tyrannical demand [of LGBTQ activists/enforcers] will become reality."
And, Liberty Counsel Action, a law and policy education, training and advocacy organization which, among other things, advances religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the family has extensively criticized the 'Equality Act'.
On their webpage, dedicated to analyzing the 'Equality Act', which you can access below, Liberty Counsel Action state: "The 'Equality' Act' elevates 'sexual orientation and gender identity' to the same protected category as race. It will violate the religious freedom of Americans in numerous ways."
The go on to list the areas of life which this will affect: "It will impact all employers, including religious and non-profit organizations; contractors; houses of worship; public, private, and religious schools; curriculum; bathrooms; sports; daycare providers; shelters; hospitals; places of gatherings; entertainment providers; counselors; foster care and adoption; biological parents; landlords; anywhere providing a “good, service, or program,” including those advertised online; transportation drivers; and all local, state, and federal entities and many other areas."
And, as they note: "[T]here is NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION to this bill!"
Taking into account all of these potential threats to Christian democracy, Life and religious freedom, it is easy to see how the so-called 'Equality Act' has been called a "poison pill."
It is imperative that the US Senate vigorously reject this bill, AND EXPOSE IT FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS.
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The following links will take you to more information about the 'Equality Act'
The House version of the so-called 'Equality Act' (HR 5): http://lc.org/PDFs/Attachments2PRsLAs/2019/031819EqualityActHR5.pdf
Liberty Counsel Action's full analysis of the so-called 'Equality Act': https://www.lcaction.org/HR5 and https://lc.org/newsroom/details/022421-equality-act-guts-religious-freedom-1
LifeSiteNews opinion and analysis of the so-called 'Equality Act':
A progressive sexual rights sentiment was echoed by multiple participants in the forum’s panel discussions, where consensus-driven debates like the recent CSW were spoken of dismissively in favor of forums in which UN agencies and like-minded civil society organizations can set a pre-determined agenda and then pressure governments to comply with it.
While such outcomes are understood to have less normative weight than a consensus among countries, they gain traction through financial and policy commitments, like those that will be announced in France later this year. While countries with pro-life and pro-family laws and policies have an equal vote in the General Assembly, they tend to be poorer than their counterparts in Europe and North America. These wealthier countries fund the UN agencies that then convene forums in which they pledge further contributions to advance an agenda that the General Assembly has firmly rejected for 25 years—a benchmark the UN is unlikely to commemorate with a high-level conference.
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