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WASHINGTON DC, October 20 (C-Fam) A leading consortium of reproductive health advocates announced its intention to drop “post-abortion care” from its title and to begin campaigning for “comprehensive abortion care” instead.

At an event in Washington announcing the shift, one advocate said that sustaining post-abortion care was never the goal. “Post-abortion care” was meant to be an “entry point.” She then presented the strategy for what will now be the consortium’s open promotion of abortion.

The group was apparently emboldened by the liberalizing of abortion laws in developing countries.

Pathfinder International, the host of the meeting and the current administrator of the Post-Abortion Care (PAC) Consortium, is one of eight partnering organizations that since 1993 lobbied Western governments and UN agencies to allow family planning funding for abortion. Two of the biggest international abortion groups, International Planned Parenthood Federation and Ipas, also members of the PAC consortium steering committee, set the PAC strategy in motion defining the term that same year.

Post-abortion care is legal everywhere, since by definition it provides essential medical treatment to a woman suffering from complications of an incomplete abortion or spontaneous miscarriage. However, as Steven Mosher from the Population Research Institute points out, the reality on the ground is that abortion is often provided under the guise of post-abortion care.

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C-Fam staff write 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.

NEW YORK, October 20 (C-Fam) Nations celebrated the 50th anniversary of two foundational human rights treaties on Wednesday by alternately praising and criticizing UN human rights chief Zeid bin Ra’ad for using his post to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.

Zeid, a Jordanian Prince and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has provoked controversy on several occasions.

On Wednseday, Zeid told delegates in a packed conference room at UN headquarters that friction and division was necessary and instrumental to “developing new human rights standards” and norms.

He chided Egypt for suggesting he should refrain from promoting issues “on which there is no consensus”—understood to refer here to LGBT rights. Zeid said “the slave trade would have never ended” unless controversy was stirred around the issue.

He echoed less guarded remarks delivered Tuesday in the General Assembly by his countryman and Chair of the UN committee that monitors the implementation of the UN treaty on social and economic right, Mr. Waleed Sadi.

“These issues are hotly disputed and discussed in traditional societies,” Sadi said. “It is a matter of friendly persuasion, keeping the momentum of pressure on countries and to show them that adherence need not come in conflict with traditions.”

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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.”

The Pharisee, the Publican & Humility

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

Each year, at one of our country’s leading Catholic universities, a professor does a survey with each incoming class of students. He puts to them this question: “If you were to die tonight and appear at the pearly gates, what would be your entry ticket?”

Nine out of ten bet their good character and behavior will gain them admission.

The Pharisee: Pride as Insanity

This is exactly the strategy used by the Pharisee in the parable told by Jesus in Luke 18:9-14.

As we listen to this story today, the Pharisee strikes us as conceited. His real problem, though, is that he, like the students noted above, is out of touch with reality. And, by the way, being out of touch with reality is the definition of insanity.

Reality is that we are creatures and God is the creator. Heaven is the experience of sharing intimately in God’s inner life, participating in his immortality and friendship. We have less of a claim to intimate friendship with God than a flea has to intimate friendship with us. As the Danish philosopher Kierkegaard said, there is an infinite qualitative distance between us and God.

Justice & Merit

In fact, standing on our own merits, we have absolutely no claim whatsoever on God. A claim is based on justice.

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