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WASHINGTON, January 20 (C-Fam) President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for United States UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, repeatedly asserted her pro-life views during her Wednesday confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The South Carolina Governor promised to be a force for reform of the UN system if approved for the position.

“I am strongly pro-life,” Haley said in response to questions from Democratic Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) regarding her support for international family planning.

An observer at the hearing told the Friday Fax, “Haley exuded confidence and grace throughout more than four hours of questioning, patiently answering the same question several times as Senators came and went.”

Senator Shaheen pressed Haley for a commitment not to equate support for family planning with abortion, just as she did in last week’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. This was in reference to the Mexico City Policy, which restricts family planning funding from foreign groups that promote or provide abortions, and which pro-life groups are urging President-elect Trump to reinstate.

The assertion that abortion is not considered to be a method of family planning is consistent with international agreements, such as the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. But since most of the largest foreign family planning organizations also promote abortion, the policy would make them ineligible for federal funds unless they ceased to do so.

Rebecca Oas, 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.”

By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

I was shocked like many others by the news the Vatican academies for science invited no other than population control advocate Paul Ehrlich to speak at a conference about biological extinction first reported yesterday in LifeSite by Pete Balinski. Below are some of the things C-Fam reported about Ehrlich in recent years.

Paul Ehrlich was the public face of overpopulation for three decades, appearing day and night on talk shows fear mongering about impending famines and mass starvation and advocating that development assistance be conditioned on population control. The apocalypse he envisioned never took place but his opinions were reported as biblical truth by U.S. media until recently. Many American families chose to have no more than two children at a time when large families were still common out of sense of social responsibility.

He advocated gender selective abortion as a tool of population control and his disproven theories and false alarmism led to forced abortion and sterilization programs all over the world. Renown historian Michael Connelly of Columbia University testified as much before Congress in 2013.

Ehrlich is not apologetic about his role in spreading his population control screed. He even admits he intentionally deceived millions of people by feigning certainty beyond what the science could show. He recently appeared in a NY Times reportage defending his alarmism in his famous book The Population Bomb.

“If you ask me the question are there things that I have written in the past that I wouldn’t write today, the answer is certainly yes. I expressed more certainty because I was trying to bring people to get something done.”

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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.”

Overview 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Written by Fr. Anthony Kadavil, Fr. Tony provides weekly scripture material on the Sunday Readings.


Scripture lessons: The first reading contains the prophetic reference to Christ as the Light that dispels darkness. Matthew wanted his readers to recognize that the Light Isaiah spoke of had finally appeared with the coming of Jesus. The second reading advises the Corinthians to live as children of the Light, avoiding divisions and rivalries, because several factions had arisen among the Corinthian Christians, each claiming allegiance to its first Christian teacher or to a particular Apostle. In today's Gospel passage (Mt 4:12-23), Matthew explains that what had been prophesied by Isaiah had been fulfilled through the preaching and healing ministry of Jesus. By his ministry of inviting people to the Kingdom of God through repentance, Jesus brought Light to peoples living in darkness, thus fulfilling God’s original promise. In addition, the Gospel describes the call of the first disciples (4:18-22), and Jesus' own teaching and healing ministry, inviting people to repent of their sins and accept the Good News of God’s rule (Kingdom of God), which he was preaching. Ordinary fishermen with no formal training in Mosaic Law were chosen to preach the Good News. They were to be very effective instruments in the hands of Jesus to continue His mission.

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