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WASHINGTON D.C., April 16 (C-Fam) – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched its annual flagship report with the theme of “bodily autonomy.” In keeping with what has become common practice among UN agencies, it advances an extreme agenda on abortion and other controversial issues. Moreover, it increasingly relies for support on documents that do not have the consent of the world governments that make up the General Assembly.
Despite making “bodily autonomy” its central theme, the UNFPA report admits that the term has “a broad and sometimes ambiguous meaning,” and has not been formally defined in any negotiated document. They say, however, that it has “gained further prominence” in 2019 at the Nairobi Summit, a conference tightly controlled by UNFPA.
Certain aspects of the report address uncontroversial topics, including the right to exercise informed consent when receiving health care, and freedom from torture, physical or sexual assault, or forced marriage. However, alongside these the report includes abortion, “comprehensive sexuality education,” assisted reproductive technologies including gestational surrogacy, “sex work,” and transgender-related medical procedures, all of which are highly controversial.
“Each of us has a right to bodily autonomy,” the report states in its introduction, only to later acknowledge that international treaties and declarations “provide foundations” for such a right. Later, it calls “bodily autonomy” a “foundation upon which human rights are built,” though “it is rarely articulated as a right in and of itself.”
Building on this uneven foundation, UNFPA draws selectively from the outcome of the International Conference on Population and Development, which in 1994 established the agency’s core mandate, but ignores the clear statement in that abortion was solely for member nations to determine. For support, the report cites the work of treaty monitoring bodies, whose opinions are not binding on any state.
The radical individual autonomy envisioned by UNFPA goes far beyond freedom from physical violence. It entirely dismisses the fact that abortion claims the bodily integrity of the unborn child, through dismemberment and death, in the name of preserving the bodily autonomy of the mother. Additionally, to the extent that abortion requires health workers to provide medications or administer procedures, the autonomy of those workers, and their conscience rights, are deemed to be of lesser importance. UNFPA quotes the opinion of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural rights, which calls for the ending of conscientious rights to abortion.
UNFPA acknowledges that when it comes to issues like prostitution and gestational surrogacy, “Human rights law does not provide definitive answers,” and rights-based arguments “have been invoked to support both prohibition and legalization.” However, the report shows its hand by including lengthy stories about a surrogate from Mexico and two women selling sex from Indonesia and North Macedonia that frame these issues in a very positive light and insist that their choices were entirely voluntary.
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.
Wake up, America, this is RED ALERT time!
This petition, therefore, calls on every US Senator to vigorously oppose and reject this bill.
Yes, it's THAT important.
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!
We need to tell all US Senators, in no uncertain terms, that WE WILL NOT ACCEPT this outrageous attack on our freedoms and on life, itself!
SIGN AND SHARE THIS URGENT PETITION, TODAY!
And, after you have signed this petition, please CLICK HERE to DIRECTLY CONTACT YOUR U.S. SENATORS, and tell them to oppose this assault on our freedoms of thought, speech, conscience and religion.
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.
Please SIGN this urgent petition, TODAY!
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':
These stories, as well as stories about abortion and transgender identity, are framed as examples of empowerment.
Recent years have seen a widening divide between the consensus of UN member governments in the General Assembly and the various bureaucratic bodies that have become increasingly unaccountable. UNFPA is currently working on a three-year strategic plan that this report will no doubt inform: the latest indication that UNFPA is now — quite autonomously — setting its own agenda.
Reprinted with permission from C-Fam.