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Best and Worst Developments Affecting the Family in 2008

Contact: Don Feder, Media Coordinator, World Congress of Families, 508-405-1337, dfeder@rcn.com

MEDIA ADVISORY, Jan. 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the January 2009 issue of World Congress of Families News, the World Congress of Families has released a list of the "Best And Worst Developments Affecting The Family In 2008"

Worldwide the most encouraging pro-family trends are:

1.    Sarah Palin, Pro-life Woman Is Vice Presidential Nominee

2.    Vatican Panel Issues Instructions on Bioethics

3.    Lithuania Bill Would Protect Minors From Homosexual Agitation

4.    Honduran Family-Perspective Law

5.    Proposition 8 Passes In California

6.    Greater Awareness of Demographic Winter

7.    UN Study Links Abstinence and Delayed Rates of AIDS/HIV in Africa

8.    British Psychiatrists' Group Says Abortion Can Cause Mental Problems

9.    Family Advocate Becomes Senior Advisor to Canadian Prime Minister

10.  Anti-Human Trafficking Law Passed

And the most troubling trends for the family are:

1.    The Election of Barack Obama

2.    Mexican Supreme Court Backs Mexico City Abortion Law

3.    Luxembourg and Washington State Legalize Assisted Suicide

4.    German Persecution of Home-Schooling Families

5.    OAS Passes "Sexual-Orientation" Resolution

6.    Brazilian President Calls Opposition to Homosexuality A "Perverse Disease"

7.    UNFPA Nigeria meeting Pushes Abortion In The Guise of Women's Health

8.    In France, Most Births Out-of-Wedlock

9.    Australian Prof. Proposes Baby Tax

10. Queen's Representative In Canada Celebrates Androgyny

Go to www.worldcongress.org for an explanation of "The Best And Worst Developments Affecting The Family In 2008."

World Congress of Families V will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, August 10-12, 2009. The Amsterdam Congress is expected to be the largest pro-family conference of its kind.

For more information, go to www.worldcongress.org. To schedule an interview with World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs, contact Don Feder at 508-405-1337.

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).  A fitth World Congress of Families will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 10-12, 2009.