We’ve received tragic and disturbing news this morning regarding the case of Meriam Ibrahim. Since our earlier update, Meriam and her entire family were re-arrested at the airport as they attempted to leave Sudan.
We will keep you updated with the latest news about Meriam and her family. Right now, please take a moment to pray for the safety of this Christian woman and her family.
Another victory for Personhood! As you may have heard yesterday, 28-year-old Meriam Ibrahim was released from Sudanese jail and her death sentence was revoked!
In May, we learned that Meriam—then 8 months pregnant with her second child—had been sentenced to death and 100 lashes for refusing to recant her Christian faith. At that time, it was unclear whether Meriam would be executed while she was with child. This was a clear case of religious persecution and a definite violation of Meriam and her unborn daughter’s personhood rights!
After a conference in Toronto this month, Melinda Gates wrote on the Foundation’s website that because of the controversy around the topic, “the Gates Foundation has decided not to fund abortion. “
But is it true? Does the Gates Foundation really refrain from funding abortion around the world?
Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International called the statement “outright deception.” Fr. Boquet notes that, “The Gates Foundation has in the past and will continue to give tens of millions of dollars to the largest abortion providers in the world, including International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International. These large sums of money will undoubtedly expand the reach and influence of the abortion industry.”
According to the Gates Foundation grant database, the Foundation gave Planned Parenthood of America, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Planned Parenthood of Western Washington about $71 million from before 2009 through 2013. Additionally, the Gates Foundation gave $46.1 million to Marie Stopes International in 2012 alone.
This is important information from the Life is Beautiful Platform at the United Nations. We are actively engaged in shaping the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and this information needs to be shared!
When sentenced, Meriam was 8 months pregnant with her second child. Her unborn child’s life was at risk because of the Sudanese government’s trumped up charges. Since then, Meriam has given birth and her child is now safe from execution. Meriam was forced to give birth to her baby daughter while her legs were chained to the wall of her cell. This is simply more cruelty toward this innocent woman, simply because of her Christian faith.
On our petition hosted on CitizenGO, over 221,000 people have signed a petition standing up for Meriam, her 20 month old son, and her newborn daughter. But based off the silence from the Sudanese Government, US Government, and the United Nations, that is not nearly enough. Meriam’s life is still in danger. (more…)
The sacred dignity of the human person and the fundamental right to religious freedom is under attack in Sudan. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag was sentenced to death last week for refusing to recant her Christian faith, despite the fact that she is eight months pregnant. Because Meriam refused to deny Christ and embrace Islam, the Sudanese court sentenced her to death by hanging. Today, she awaits execution behind bars. She needs our help.This is a grave violation of the personhood of Meriam and her unborn child. Moreover, this decision tramples upon Meriam’s basic liberty to practice the religion of her choosing. We cannot ignore these blatant abuses of human rights.