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Meriam gives birth with legs shackled

Your help is still needed for Meriam Ibrahim, the 27-year-old Sudanese Christian who was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for her faith.

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…)

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Pregnant Christian Woman Sentenced to Death

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.

We’ve launched a petition to the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights and to the President of Sudan himself, demanding that Meriam be set free. We’ve started with a modest goal of 5,000 signatures to launch this petition, so please SIGN the petition right now to save Meriam.

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New survey reveals global opposition to abortion

A survey released this week by Pew Research Center indicates that 56% of people in countries around the globe believe abortion is morally unacceptable. The study, which surveyed 40,117 respondents across 40 different countries, found widespread opposition to abortion, with a significant majority of respondents calling it morally wrong.

In fact, not a single nation in the 40 countries surveyed believed abortion to be morally acceptable.

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View the full survey results on PewGlobal.

Several countries which have either adopted Personhood in their national constitutions or heavily restrict abortion were among the most pro-life. Countries like El Salvador, Bolivia, Uganda, Kenya, and the Philippines registered the highest levels of opposition to abortion. Based on survey responses, a striking 93% of the population of the Philippines believes abortion to be a moral wrong.

This news is sure to exasperate global abortion peddlers who have spent millions upon millions of dollars trying to push abortion into developing nations. Clearly, trying to convince these countries to legalize the killing of unborn children is a harder sell than the U.N. Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation expected.

Even in countries where abortion has been foisted upon the people, the majority of the population remains pro-life. 61% of South Africans oppose abortion, despite their legal abortion regime. Despite their vast financial and political resources, Planned Parenthood’s international agitation has failed to win the hearts and minds of people in many countries around the world.

In order to maintain these strong pro-life majorities, we need to renew our efforts to provide local pro-life activists with the information and resources they need to reach local populations. And we need to let international decision-makers at the United Nations know that sound majorities in countries around the globe oppose the radical abortion agenda!

Personhood will continue its global effort to educate the general public regarding the civil and human rights of all human beings as full persons under the law. Through tools like the Pro-Life Declaration of Lisbon, we’re gathering pro-life groups from around the world to recognize the value and dignity of human life from conception to natural death.

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Planned Parenthood failed again

Twenty years ago, diplomats from around the world met in Cairo to draft a platform of action for encouraging economic development and meeting the needs of the global population. At that conference, radical special interest groups–including the International Planned Parenthood Federation–sought to establish an internationally-recognized “right to abortion” and impose population control programs upon developing populations. Despite some gains in the outcome declaration, these pro-abortion groups failed to achieve their ultimate goals.

Since 1994, the United Nations has held review conferences to evaluate progress on the Cairo platform for action. Each conference on population and development is basically the same: every year, developed regions such as the United States and the European Union try to push population control on developing regions by threatening to withhold aid money or otherwise twisting their arms. The same pro-abortion lobbyists show up to U.N. headquarters to push for more abortion around the world.

We’ve been there to resist their effort since 2011. Personhood has joined hands with other pro-life, pro-family organizations at the U.N. to encourage respect for the dignity of the human person. Together, our coalition is preventing the forces of death from advancing their agenda.

Last week was the 20th Anniversary of the Cairo agreement, yet Planned Parenthood and their cronies have been unable to advance beyond the agreed language of 1994. There is still no “right to abortion” in international consensus and human life remains protected in many countries around the world.But that doesn’t stop them from trying.

At one point last week, the document being negotiated by national delegations was chock full of references to “sexual rights,” “sexual and reproductive health services,” and “reproductive rights” (code at the U.N. for abortion). In fact, the document referenced these topics 20 times more often than it mentioned food. It never referenced clean water or literacy. Strange emphasis for a document purportedly dealing with global development, isn’t it?

Thankfully, at the conclusion of negotiations, many of these offensive references were deleted by the Chair. While not perfect, last week’s outcome document was yet another setback for Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion lobbyists at the U.N.

It’s essential that we continue to stand in the gap at the U.N. to prevent them from imposing their pro-abortion agenda on the rest of the world. Our U.N. outreach effort is small, but effective. We are a thorn in Planned Parenthood’s side. Your support for Personhood is truly making a difference around the world! Thank you for standing with us as we champion Personhood for every human being, from conception to natural death–both here in the United States and around the globe.

The Brady Project

Heather Surovik featured on CBS’ “The Doctors”

The DoctorsThe Doctors features Heather Surovik who tells of the horrible loss of her unborn baby Brady to a drunk driver in 2012. The criminal wasn’t prosecuted for Brady’s death because Colorado, like some other benighted states, doesn’t recognize unborn babies as victims of crime.

The show also features Colorado State Senator Owen Hill speaking of his support for fetal homicide laws. Though not mentioned in the show, both Senator Hill and Heather Surovik support Amendment 67, which will define the words “person” and “child” in the Colorado criminal code to include unborn human beings.

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Heather Surovik featured on The Huckabee Show

Heather Surovik’s unborn son Brady was soon to be delivered when a drunk driver hit her car, putting Heather in ICU for days and killing little Brady. Because Colorado law refuses to recognize that Brady was a victim of homicide, Ms. Surovik has put Amendment 67 on the 2014 ballot in Colorado. The Brady Amendment reads:

In the interest of the protection of pregnant mothers and their unborn children from criminal offenses and negligent and wrongful acts, the words “person” and “child” in the Colorado Criminal Code and the Colorado Wrongful Death Act must include unborn human beings.

On Saturday, Mike Huckabee had Ms. Surovik on his show:

Mr. Huckabee interviews former Arkansas State Senator Bill Walker who supported a similar law which Governor Huckabee signed in 1999.

Please note that Mr. Walker’s concern about the Brady Amendment not covering all acts of drunk driving is, thankfully, unfounded. As you can see from the text of the Amendment, it covers all criminal offenses, including negligent and wrongful acts like drunk driving.

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Personhood Education urges King Philippe not to sign Belgian “child euthanasia” law

The Belgian parliament voted in favor of expanding their euthanasia program to children under age 18 yesterday, despite warnings that killing is not the answer to human suffering. Personhood Education contends that the law is an attack on human dignity and urges King Philippe not to sign the law.

“Euthanasia programs are a constantly expanding enterprise,” said Josh Craddock, United Nations liaison for Personhood Education. “The classes of people that are allowed to be euthanized are growing larger and larger, often without the consent of the euthanized. We’re seeing assisted suicide approved for cases of depression, physical disability, and even eating disorders.”

Personhood Education says the euthanasia law promotes the idea that life is not worth living for those with disability or illness.

Craddock continued, “This law is an affront to human dignity that attacks the most vulnerable in society: children. Belgium already permits abortion and adult euthanasia, so this is just another advance for the culture of death. Killing is not caring. We call on King Philippe to refuse to sign the death warrants of Belgian children and to affirm the precious gift of life.”

Such a move would not be without precedent. In 1990, King Baudouin abdicated the throne to avoid signing Belgium’s abortion legalization into law, a noble gesture of conscientious objection.