PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release: 5 February 2009, Rockford, Illinois

CONTACT: Don Feder at 508-405-1337 or




In response to a leader of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) who declared that family breakdown is a triumph for human rights, World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs said he was only surprised that UNFPA is now willing to admit what has always been part of its agenda.

At a recent colloquium in Mexico City, Arie Hoekman, a UNFPA representative from the Netherlands, told participants that high rates of divorce and out-of-wedlock births represent the triumph of “human rights” over “patriarchy.”

Jacobs stated, “Ironically, the UNFPA ignores international law and their own UN declaration on the basic human rights of children and the natural family as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  Section 16 of the United Nations UDHR adopted in 1948 states that, ‘the family is the natural fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state.”  Furthermore, UDHR states, “men and women of full age, without any limitation, due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.’”

Jacobs charged: “Deconstructing the natural family has always been high on the agenda of groups like UNFPA. Ignoring international and domestic laws, they pursue this goal relentlessly through funding and promoting abortion, contraception and coercive population control – such as China’s one-children-per-family policy. 

Jacobs continued: “There are reams of data showing that children from broken homes, either through divorce or failure to form families, have much higher levels of drug and alcohol abuse, crime and mental illness then their counterparts from intact families. But, perhaps Hoekman thinks these social pathologies also represent the triumph of human rights over patriarchy.”

Jacobs concluded: “If  Hoekman thinks fatherless families are an advance for human rights, he should spend time in America’s inner cities, where they are the norm and life is exceedingly dangerous.” Jacobs also noted that unattached males in their teens and twenties drive the crime problem in most developed nations.

Even U.S. President Barack Obama recognizes the importance of two married parents at home.  As he stated during his speech on Father’s Day, “We...need families to raise our children.  We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception.  We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child - it's the courage to raise one.”

Marriage, the natural family, the sanctity of human life and the consequences of population control all will be major topics of discussion at World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam, August 10-12.

For more information on World Congress of Families, visit or .  To register for World Congress of Families V go to:  To schedule and interview with World Congress of Families Managing Director, Larry Jacobs, contact Communications Director,  Don Feder, 508-405-1337 or

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 (  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.


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