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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.

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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.

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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.