By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

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NEW YORK, December 2 (C-Fam) A three-year campaign to have the General Assembly endorse “comprehensive sexuality education” programming fizzled out during negotiations this year.

Sponsors of the annual General Assembly resolution on the “Rights of the Child” did not include “comprehensive sexuality education” in the draft resolution that is being considered for adoption, resulting in a kind of ceasefire on one of the most heated UN battles on social issues.

European and World Health Organization standards for comprehensive sexuality education prescribe teaching children under 4 years old about “early childhood masturbation” and promote social acceptance of homosexuality and transgenderism throughout primary school.

The controversial programming that set off a firestorm in the UN first found its way into a UN resolution in 2012 within the Economic and Social Council. Since then, the General Assembly, which gives final approval to all UN policy, has been locked in an irreconcilable debate on its use.

Last year the resolution on the Rights of the Child was adopted by a vote for the first time after its sponsors from Europe and Latin America insisted on including comprehensive sexuality education despite reservations from African delegations. Almost the entirety of the African Group abstained as a result.

This year moderate delegations among the sponsors sought to avoid the same outcome. They kept out the offensive terminology, even though it was included in early drafts of the resolution in September.

Stefano Gennarini, J.D. writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute ( This article appears with permission.”

By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.

NEW YORK, December 2 (C-Fam) The biggest names in international abortion advocacy are looking for ways to convince the incoming Trump administration not cut their funding by reinstating the 1984 Mexico City Policy.

The policy requires that grantees of US foreign aid for family planning do not perform or actively promote abortions. It was rescinded under Democratic administrations and reinstated by Republicans.

Suzanne Ehlers, president and CEO of Population Action International (PAI), said she was “operating under the assumption that it will be reinstated if not on Trump’s first day in office, then on his second day in office.” PAI was founded in the late 1960s with the purpose of generating public support for taxpayer-funded population control programs abroad.

Chloë Cooney, director of global advocacy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, rang an alarmist tone, saying “You see clinics close suddenly because the funding that they were relying on disappears.”

In reality, clinics would not have to close since groups can keep performing abortions by using other sources of funding.

In the past, the Mexico City Policy did not to reduce access to family planning. US funding remained the highest in the world. It is $600M today.

Abortion advocates invoke two 2011 studies which attempted to link the policy to a curtailment of services and to higher abortion rates, but these have been discredited for having significant flaws in data and methodology.

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Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute ( This article appears with permission.”

Advent of Peace – Season of Repentance

Commentary by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio of Crossroads: Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio

Christmas cards speak about it. Christmas carols sing about it. Even the angels at Bethlehem proclaimed it. “Peace on earth.” “The lion shall lie down with the lamb.” (Isaiah 11). “Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever” (Psalm 72).

The coming of the Messiah obviously has something to do with the advent of peace.

Peace according to the Bible

But we need to examine the biblical notion of peace. For it is not quite the peace that some have in mind. It is not niceness or political correctness. It is not just the absence of armed conflict or “peaceful co-existence.” It is rather right relationship between people that flows from right relationship with God. Pope Paul VI said that “if you want peace, work for justice.” Justice, however, is not just fair laws and political rights, but the interior justice that the bible calls righteousness.

The world is obviously not at peace, because human hearts are not at peace. We are all pulled in opposite directions by competing desires and torn apart by loyalties to different gods.

Spiritual Warfare

So before the Prince of Peace can usher in a season of tranquility and refreshment, the forerunner must come with his stern message of warfare. The enemies of peace will not just lie down of their own accord. They must be put down. Peace is a fruit of victory.

The warfare, of course, is not against flesh and blood, but against sin and idolatry, the terrorists that make peace impossible. Hans Urs von Balthasar said it quite well: we must take sides with the truth against ourselves. The Holy Spirit that the messiah offers to us will empower us to live in perfect harmony (Romans 15:6). But he comes not only as light, but as cleansing fire. In the light of the spirit, we must honestly and fearlessly look at our lives and give him permission to burn away the impurities. This may hurt a bit, but His is a refiner’s fire, and His aim is to make us pure gold.

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