Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
The United Nations Population Fund,
or UNFPA, is one organization whose name says a great deal about its
true concern. It was, well, born during the overpopulation panic
codified in the publication of Paul Ehrlich's "The Population Bomb" in
the late 1960s, but before the widespread abuses of population control
became public. Like the abortion- and contraception-pushing Population
Services International (1970), and the older eugenics-based Population
Council, which was started by the Rockefellers in 1952, the UNFPA's
original concern was not with development, health, or women's
empowerment, but with reversing the unchecked growth of world
The population control industry went through what might now be
called a "rebranding" in the 1990s. There was a series of conferences
hosted by the United Nations and its partners in Rio de Janiero (1992),
Vienna (1993), Cairo (1994), and Beijing (1995), that recast
population control in terms of "sustainable development" (Rio), "human rights" (Vienna), "reproductive health" (Cairo) and "women's and 'girl-child' equality" (Beijing).
We are not convinced that it was a coincidence that these moves
followed the declassification of NSSM-200, the Nixon Administration's
national security memorandum saying that it was in the United States'
security interests to suppress the populations of poor countries in
order to have access to their natural resources. Also trickling out in
the news were reports of China's widespread abuses of coercive
Overpopulation panic had many ripple effects, including the
reshaping of US foreign policy into making population control a
The irony of the UN's 1995 conference
focusing on the rights of women and girls being held in Beijing was
particularly demonic: China's one-child policy was already leading to forced abortion and sterilization of women,
and to girls being systematically killed in the womb since
parents-forced to have one child-chose to have boys due to cultural
norms. This ongoing crime against humanity has led to gendercide on a massive scale,
and a huge imbalance between boys and girls in China, even as the
UNFPA and others for whom "population" is still the primary concern
continue to celebrate China's population policies. Last year the
one-child policy became the two-child policy, yet it is still coercive
and still celebrated by the elite as a triumph of "reproductive health"
and "sustainable development."
This is why every Christian and women's
rights activist should celebrate the Trump Administration's decision
this week to remove funding from the UNFPA. Though the UNFPA still
protests in carefully worded statements that it doesn't promote
abortion, it does pass tens of millions annually to abortion providers
like Marie Stopes International, and it still refuses to condemn China's
coercive policies even as it continues its own "sexual and reproductive health" practices in China.
One title that is not
often discussed in theological literature or heard from the pulpit is
the notion that was used to describe the identity of all Christians,
lay and clerical, namely, "soldiers of Christ." Perhaps this demise is
due to the reality of killing in warfare as well as unjustly waged
wars. However, a soldier is really someone interested in promoting
peace in defense of the common good of his nation. Notwithstanding,
scattered throughout the New Testament is the notion that the follower
of Christ battles against the world, flesh, and especially the devil, in
order to keep his relationship with Christ by growing in virtue. - continue-
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