Meriam re-arrested

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.

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Meriam Ibrahim is Free!

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 As you may have heard yesterday, 28-year-old Meriam Ibrahim was released from Sudanese jail and her death sentence was revoked!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!

That’s where you jumped into action. When we launched a petition to the Sudanese Government and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, you answered the call. In just a few weeks, you sent 304,758 letters to these officials, calling for Meriam’s pardon and release. We couldn’t have done it without your help!

Meriam Ibrahim, who was on death row for marrying a Christian and refusing to convert back to Islam, has been ordered freed by a Sudan court, the nation’s official news agency reported.
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Does the Gates Foundation fund abortion?

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.

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Sustainable Development and Maternal Health

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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!

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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.