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Abortion is a "God-given Right"
The term “sexual and reproductive health and rights” is used repeatedly in United Nations debates and documents and is often interpreted to include a right to access sexual pleasure, comprehensive sexuality education, and abortion.
At the 2021 Commission on the Status of Women conference, the UN unveiled a renewed strategy for advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights: Get religious leaders to promote sexual rights, graphic sex ed, and abortion to their congregations.
In an event I attended called “Reclaiming Gender Justice” Ib Peterson, deputy executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said that “partnership with faith-based organizations” will be “a key area of engagement for UNFPA throughout our new strategic plan.” Rev. Antje Jackelen, archbishop of the Church of Sweden, noted current backlash against the sexual rights agenda saying, “Religious and faith communities can be part of the problem, but even more so they hold the key to solutions…and they are part of the solution everywhere in the world.”
Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, co-chair of the UN Multi-faith Advisory Council, laid out a bold vision. He said: “My dream as co-chair of the UN Multi-faith Advisory Council, [is] to have religious leaders and actors engaged in promoting this dimension of gender equality—Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
He continued: “From a faith perspective but also as a faith-based actor, I believe that we cannot do anything else than defending sexual and reproductive health and rights as a human right but also…as a God-given right.”
This is the attitude the UN would like to see embraced and proclaimed by faith leaders across the globe: We support abortion as a God-given right.
Interestingly, the month following the UN “Reclaiming Gender Justice” event, I saw a press release announcing that Planned Parenthood was adding a host of new members to its Clergy Advocacy Board. These clergy members are to lead efforts to persuade national and local faith leaders to advocate for “the full range of sexual and reproductive health care” services in their communities. Planned Parenthood stated that they were looking to partner with religious leaders “who proudly champion reproductive rights as a matter of faith.” This means they are looking for religious leaders who proudly promote abortion as a God-given right.
The strategy of harnessing the clergy to promote political causes is an old strategy wearing new clothes. In his book, Live Not By Lies, Rod Dreher documented how a major strategy for political revolution in communist Russia was to “control the Church by subduing the clergy.” Clergy were invited, blackmailed, or beaten into cooperating with the state’s objectives. Many who did not cooperate lost their lives.
The UN’s attempts to ideologically “subdue the clergy” are in full swing, but instead of beating or chopping off the heads of religious leaders, it invites faith leaders to join their cause, betray their core doctrines, and—in the name of human rights—mislead their congregations en masse.
The current attempt by the UN to “control the church by subduing the clergy” may look like simply the forging of friendly partnerships. However, such partnerships will ultimately suck the life out of any religion that succumbs to them.
When we see religious leaders proclaiming from the corrupted pulpits of the world that the killing of God’s smallest children is a “God-given right,” we can know for certain that civilization hangs in the balance.