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UN Conference Pushes Abortion in Guise of Promoting Women's Health

Contact: Larry Jacobs, 815-964-5819, 513-515-3685 cell; Don Feder 815-964-5819, 513-515-3685 cell; both with World Congress of Families, media@worldcongress.org

MEDIA ADVISORY, November 2 /Christian Newswire/ -- The World Congress of Families criticized the actions of the latest the United Nations conference to push abortion in the guise of promoting women's health. 

The Congress endorses an October 20 letter to the Organizing Committee of the U.N. Conference "Women Deliver," signed by Concerned Women for America, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, United Families International and the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations among other groups (click here to view letter). The first three were co-sponsors of World Congress of Families IV.

As the letter notes, the ostensible purpose of the conference was to consider ways to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. Instead, it was hijacked by the abortion industry – including Planned Parenthood and Catholics (so-called) for Free Choice – and turned into a forum for promoting abortion in the Third World.

World Conference of Families International Secretary Allan Carlson commented: "The conference devoted little time to such crucial concerns as pre-natal care, sanitation, clean water and basic nutrition. Instead, advocates trotted out the standard dubious statistics about deaths attributed to illegal abortions. Naturally, there was no consideration of deaths due to legal abortion. The World Health Organization doesn't even keep such statistics."

"The 'Women Deliver' Conference arrived at foreordained conclusions, determined by the ideologues in charge," Carlson charged. "The United Nations has never directly endorsed abortion, in any of its treaties or conventions. Indeed, abortion goes against the spirit of the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights. Still, feminists have succeeded in co-opting committees whose mandate is advancing women's health to promote death for unborn children."

World Congress of Families joins the signatories of the aforementioned letter in calling on the United Nations to repudiate the pro-abortion advocacy of the "Women Deliver" Conference.

World Congress of Families supports the sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death.

World Congress of Families IV (Warsaw, Poland, May 11-13, 2007) was attended by more than 3,400 delegates from 65 countries. For more information, go to www.worldcongress.org.

To schedule an interview with Allan Carlson, contact Larry Jacobs at 1-800-461-3113.

The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 60  countries that seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society.  The WCF was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson and is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois (www.profam.org).  To date, there have been four World Congresses of Families – Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004) and Warsaw, Poland (2007).