By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

NEW YORK, March 24 (C-Fam) The world witnessed the United States returning to the pro-life fold after years of abortion advocacy from the Obama administration yesterday during the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

After the gavel fell signaling the adoption of the annual agreement of the commission, known as Agreed Conclusions, the United States delegation delivered a poignant pro-life statement.

International consensus on UN policy on “sexual and reproductive health” is that “it does not create new international rights, including a right to abortion,” the U.S. said.

The turn rolled back gains for abortion supporters, such as explicit mentions of abortion without the full spectrum of caveats from previous UN agreements that cast abortion in a bad light.

This year, the agreement not only omitted abortion, but qualified all references to “sexual and reproductive health,” “sexual and reproductive health-care services” and “reproductive rights” by referring to UN previous agreements saying abortion is not a right, committing nations to help women avoid abortion, and precluding them from promoting it as a method of family planning.

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 Stefano Gennarini, J.D.

The Pro-life cause may get a reprieve at the United Nations thanks to the Trump administration during the Commission on the Status of Women, following several years of poundings from the pro-abortion Obama administration.

“During this council on women we are going to see many divisions between us,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, seemingly warning of a change of direction from the Trump administration in her statement to the commission on Thursday last week.

Haley omitted a mention of “sexual and reproductive health” or “reproductive rights” from her statement, something that would have not happened during the Obama administration. Governments that promote abortion do so either explicitly or by using these euphemisms.

Abortion is a principal subject of contention at the annual UN Commission in debates, events, and negotiations, alongside the most avant garde and controversial social policies. The commission’s theme this year is “economic empowerment of women in the workplace.”

Haley appeared undaunted during her statement, and even extolled British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

She asked UN member states to “remember the basic core of women’s rights” of providing women and girls with safety, resources, opportunities, and the ability to have a voice. “Those are the issues we should talk about” she said in unwritten remarks centered on her own inspiring story as daughter of Indian immigrants.

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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.”

Man Born Blind, Sacraments & the Lion of Judah

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio

The Lion of Judah is no tame lion. Neither is he predictable.

While walking along the streets of Jerusalem one day, Jesus sees a common enough sight in the Holy City. There is a disabled person by the side of the road begging for alms (John 9). What else is the poor man to do? He has been blind from birth, so employment opportunities are limited. He has no ability to see, but he can speak. So the man born blind cries out for assistance.

The disciples want to pinpoint the cause of the problem theologically. Whose sin brought down this judgment upon the blind man? Jesus is much more interested in solving the problem than analyzing it. But the action he takes is strange to say the least. He could have simply gathered a crowd, given a speech, the uttered dramatic command: “Be healed!” He did it this way with others. It would have been dignified enough.

Spittle, Clay & Mud

But no, his action is to spit in the clay, make a paste of mud, and smear it on the eyes of the blind man, commanding his disciples to wash off the paste in the Pool of Siloam.

What must the blind man and the crowds have thought in the interval between the smearing and the washing? Why did Jesus choose to do it this way?

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