IOF News — Fighting for Religious Liberty and Against Abortion
The administration of America’s President Donald J. Trump continues to provide much-needed leadership on pro-family issues. This week featured two major developments at the United Nations.
First, President Trump delivered a key speech calling on the nations of the world to do more to promote religious freedom. Trump urged action to end religious persecution and enact laws to protect the religiously oppressed: “America stands with believers in every country who ask only for the freedom to live according to the faith that is within their own hearts.”
Second, the US Secretary of Health & Human Services, Alex Azar, spoke on behalf of a coalition of 19 nations to call on the United Nations to cease using language such as “sexual and reproductive health and rights.” This language has become synonymous with promoting abortion. Secretary Azar said, “There is no international right to an abortion and these terms should not be used to promote pro-abortion policies and measures.”
Doug Clark, IOF’s Director of UN and International Policy, reports on the remarks of President Trump and Secretary Azar in an article below for this issue of our newsletter.
Even as President Trump called for more religious freedom, the UN’s top official charged with promoting the LGBT agenda issued a report calling for a crack-down on religions that fail to fail to embrace so-called LGBT rights. You can read more about this in the story below.
Meanwhile, there are a couple of upcoming conference opportunities that we bring to your attention. First, IOF is hard at work, along with partners, on the upcoming WCF Africa Regional Conference in Accra, Ghana, which is set for October 31st and November 1st. Second, IOF’s Allan C. Carlson is among several distinguished speakers at a conference in Illinois scheduled for October 10-12 titled “Fight or Flight?” sponsored by Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. You can get more information on both of these conferences, and register to attend, in the articles below.
Finally, this edition of our newsletter also reports on several cases now being considered by the European Court of Human Rights that are very concerning and hold the potential to further destabilize our understanding of parenthood and weaken the natural family.
I hope you will check out all the articles in this newsletter. I also ask you to demonstrate your support for IOF and the work we are doing around the world to promote and protect the family and to advocate for timeless family values by making a much-needed financial contribution. We largely depend on individual supporters for the resources needed to conduct our critical programs and are currently in the midst of an important fundraising drive where a group of supporters has come together to match every donation to IOF up to a total of $200,000. I ask that you make a generous donation to support us.
We have a lot of momentum on our side but there are many, many challenges facing our movement around the world. For IOF to capitalize on our momentum and face the challenges before us, it’s critically important that our financial footing be strengthened. Please give generously to support our work realizing that your gift will be matched, doubling its size and effectiveness.
Thank you for all you do to support the family and I hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter!