Pro-Life March Through
On December 12, the Dutch group Cry for Life held its 17th annual March for Life
in Amsterdam. The march attracted over 700 participants, the largest number to
Many of the marchers had red tape with the word “Life” over their mouths to
signify the silence of the unborn, who have no voice. Some marchers carried
replicas of fetuses in the 12th. week of development, about the time most
abortions occur in the country.
The march was along a 2-km route from Amsterdam’s historic Dam Square to the
Keizersgracht Church, founded by Dutch pastor and eminent theologian Abraham
Dr. L.P. Dorenbos, president of Cry for life, welcomed the marchers and
introduced dignitaries, including Christians for Truth President Jan de Bruin
(cosponsor of the march), Agnes Jonckheere of the Belgian Free Christian
Democrats and representatives of the French group Droit de Naitre (Right to
Abortion up to the 24th. week was legalized in the Netherlands on December
18, 1980. Since then, 600,000 Dutch babies have been aborted, including 30,000
in 2009 alone. Like most of Western Europe, Holland has a below-replacement
The march ended with a service at the Keizersgracht. The evening before, the
church was attacked by leftist vandals, who spraypainted slogans like “Keep the
Church from My Crotch” on walls. In 2008, marchers were assaulted by proabortion
agitators. This year, the mayor of Amsterdam provided a police escort.
World Congress of Families V was held at Amsterdam’s RAI Centre from August
10-12, 2009. The headquarters of the Congress’s professional organizer
(Euro-Congress) was similarly attacked.
Click here for videos of the Congress.
Click here to contact Cry for Life.
Click here for WCF Aug. 3, 2009 press release on attack on Euro Congress.
Pro-Family Conference In Moscow
More than 1,000 attended a December 3-4 pro-family conference at Moscow’s Christ
the Savior Cathedral.
The conference, sponsored by the World Russian People’s Council, was opened
by Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Speakers included
Svetlana Medvedeva, wife of Russia’s president, Health Minister Tatyana Golikova
and Elena Mizulina, head of the Duma Committee for Family, Women and Children.
Mizulina said abortion should be limited to medical necessity. (Her
declaration was an historic first for a Russian official.) Russia now has more
abortions than live births, and is losing three-quarters of a million people
annually. Fr. Maxim Obukhov, Russia’s leading pro-life advocate, headed a
session called “Illnesses of Society and Ways to Cure Them,” which discussed the
traumas of abortion and divorce.
Intended to present alternatives to feminism, the conference also dealt with
defending the family, family values, childbirth, and demographics. In October,
the Russian Federation sponsored a successful resolution before the U.N. Human
Rights Council affirming that “traditional values” are the basis of human
Click here for WCF press release of Oct. 22, 2009
Fr. Obukhov, founder and chairman of the “Zhizn” (Life) Center, Russia’s
largest and most influential pro-life organization, was profiled in the May 2008
World Congress of Families News.
Click here to read Fr. Obukhov’s leadership profile on page 5 of that issue.
He is also the World Congress of Families Coordinator in Russia.
Pro-Life World Congress In Saragossa, Spain
More than 1,300 people from 31 nations attended the 4th Pro-Life World Congress
in Saragossa, Spain, November 6-8. The theme of the Congress was “Public
Awareness: A Symphony for Life.”
The Congress issued the Declaration of Saragossa, which identified those
pushing abortion internationally to include the United Nations and its agencies,
the bureaucracies of the European Union, the Ford, Gates and Soros Foundations,
the Federation of Family Planning and “the current president of the United
States.” The Declaration acknowledged, “A society that tolerates with
indifference the mega-genocide of abortion, be it surgical or chemical, loses
the most elementary sign of humanity, and sooner or later it will be inclined to
damage in a violent way some other human rights of its citizens.”
The Declaration demanded that society “promote and finance programs that
encourage chastity before marriage, and fidelity in it,” and “execute programs
to strengthen the family based in heterosexual marriage, and the education of
youth in the virtues, and in authentic meaning of femininity and masculinity,”
as well as penalizing “abortion, euthanasia, eugenic practices and the
manipulation of human life.”
Click here to read the Declaration.
The Congress honored Human Life International and Congressman Christopher
Smith with its Humanity Award, which recognizes distinguished service by
institutions and individuals in defense of human life and the family. Human Life
International is a World Congress of Families Partner.
Past Pro-Life World Congresses were held in Madrid (2003), Lima (2005) and
Mexico City (2007). The 5th Pro-Life World Congress will be held in Managua in
For the Congress website, click here.
– WCF Communications Director Don Feder will participate in a
forum on hatecrimes laws at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The
program will begin at 7:30 pm and include presentations by Feder and Frederick
Lawrence, dean of the Georgetown Law School, followed by audience participation.
The event is open to the public. For more information, contact: Jessica Kuntz at
412-913- 3625 or firstname.lastname@example.org
February 5 – WCF International Secretary Allan Carlson will participate in
the Reagan Symposium 2010 – “The Future of American Culture” at Regent
University in Virginia Beach, VA. Allan’s address is titled “Will The Post-
Family Culture Claim America?” Other participants include Hadley Arkes,
professor of American Institutions at Amherst College, and Jean Bethke Elshtain
of the University of Chicago Divinity School. The event (from 9am to 4pm, with a
break for lunch) is free and open to the public. For more information, go to
http://www.regent.edu/reagan. RSVP at
February 7-13 – Theresa Okafor, organizer of the 2009 World Congress of
Families Abuja, Nigeria Conference will be doing a number of events in the
Midwest, including a lunch conference for Milwaukee Birthright (Feb. 9) and a
lunch at the Howard Center in Rockford, Illinois (Feb. 11).
For more details,
contact Carol at WCF by clicking here.
– Allan Carlson will deliver the keynote address at the Annual
Public Lecture Series of Washington State University- Vancouver, on “Building an
American Economy Focused on Family and Community.” More details will follow.
June 2-3 – World Congress of Families first Regional Congress in the United
Kingdom (The Family Values Conference) at the Baden Powell House in London.
more information, contact Vanessa Theed by clicking here.
WCF Regional Congress In United Kingdom, June 2-3, 2010
The World Congress of Families is pleased to announce that our first regional
Congress in the United Kingdom will be held at the Baden- Powell House in
London, June 2-3, 2010. Under the auspices of the National Families Week
organization, and running during National Families Week in Britain, it will be
known as the Family Values Conference 2010/WCF Regional Congress.
The U.K. Congress is in the preliminary planning stages. However, it will
address such key topics as: Politics of Marriage – Public Efforts to Strengthen
Marriage; Strengthening Motherhood and Fatherhood; Balancing Work and Family;
The Sanctity of Life; Faith as the Underpinning of the Family; Declining Birth
Rates; Addiction to Internet Pornography; and Media and The Family. Further
details on the Conference will follow.
Click here to reach Vanessa Theed of the Family Values Conference Organizing
Committee. In 2009, WCF Regional Congresses were held in Abuja, Nigeria (June
4-7) and Riga, Latvia (May 15).
Partners – Building An International Pro-Family Movement
The World Congress of Families Partner Program was started in September 2007,
roughly four months after World Congress of Families IV. Its inception coincides
with the launch of World Congress of Families News.
World Congress of Families Partners help to support the Congress financially.
(The annual Partner fee is $2,500.) At the end of 2007, WCF had 14 Partners. As
2009 drew to a close, we had 29. Our goal is to start 2011 (a Congress year)
with 35 to 40 renewing Partners.
Twenty of our 29 Partners opted for early renewal of their status (an option
we provided in November), by paying their 2010 fee by December 7. Coming at a
time when most nonprofits are stretched financially, we consider this an
extraordinary vote of confidence.
Our Partners include all of the largest pro-family/pro-life organizations in
the United States, as well as REAL Women of Canada, Red Familia (the Family
Network) in Mexico, Alliance for the Family (Latin America and Europe),
HazteOir.org (Make Yourself Heard) in Spain, Associazione per la Defesia Dei
Valori Cristiani (Italy), the Fr. Peter Skarga Institute (Poland) and the Swiss
Red Familia was the host committee for World Congress of Families III (Mexico
City in 2004). HazteOir.org helped to organize the October 17 pro-life march in
Madrid, which brought between 1 million and 2 million demonstrators to the
streets of Spain’s capital.
Partners give us the ability to reach out to their members and supporters –
especially in a Congress year. They also demonstrate the international scope of
the Congress and constitute an endorsement by many of the most prominent groups
in the profamily/ pro-life movement.
The Congress gives our Partners a chance to connect with pro-family
organizations, leaders, activists and scholars all over the world. World
Congress of Families News is a vehicle to publicize their activities and
recognize the important contributions of their leaders.
Partners who maintain their status for two years are automatically
Co-Sponsors of the next Congress. As Co-Sponsors, among other benefits, they are
entitled to an exhibit, participation in the program, paid registrations and
access to VIP receptions.
Partners also have a chance to participate in regional Congresses, like the
2009 World Congress of Families Dialogue of Civilizations in Abuja, Nigeria, the
Riga Family Forum, and the upcoming Family Values Conference in London.
And Partners have the satisfaction of knowing that they are part of a
burgeoning international movement.
Until our Partner Program was launched, there had never been an attempt to
forge an international alliance of pro-family organizations. Between the World
Congresses every two years, our ongoing Partner Program and World Congress of
Families News, we have the beginnings of such a movement.
The “World Congress of Families Petition In Support of Romania’s Defense of
Marriage” shows the potential for such an alliance. In the spring of 2008, World
Congress of Families circulated a leadership petition in support of traditional
marriage in Romania. The Alliance of Romania’s Families had collected 650,000
signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot. That failed, due to
geographic distribution of the signatures. But the Romanian legislature took up
a measure, amending the nation’s Family Code, to define marriage as the “union
freely consented to between a man and a woman.”
WCF collected over 100 signatures of pro-family leaders and scholars in 22
countries. Our petition was presented to the Romanian government. The amendment
was enacted shortly thereafter. This year, we did a similar petition against
efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Albania.
The World Congress of Families seeks not to lead the international pro-family
movement, but to facilitate communication and cooperation and to help to
coordinate joint activities.
Our efforts to forge such a movement aren’t limited to our Partners. We also
work with pro-family groups like Cry for Life (the Netherlands), HLI Poland,
Alliance for Romania’s Families, the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage,
Campaign Life Coalition (Canada), European Forum for Human Rights and Family
(France), Institute for Family Policy (Spain and Norway), The Spanish Family
Forum and the Pro-Life World Congress (Spain).
Click here for the World Congress of Families Partners flyer.
For World Congress Of Families V
Letter to WCF Managing Director Larry Jacobs
November 13, 2009
I have to start out with an apology; I have meant to write this letter ever
since Amsterdam and am just now getting to it.
I was so afraid that Amsterdam wouldn’t work – it was a risky venture with
many possible pitfalls. Thanks to your and Allan’s wisdom and your great
management skills, the event went off beautifully and was a resounding success.
To be more specific – which I hope will help as you assess the impact of WCF
V, I really liked the venue. The main auditorium was the right size for a family
conference. All the participants got to know each other; we weren’t lost in the
vastness of a mega-arena. I thought the size and configuration of the auditorium
was just right for maximum effectiveness of the speeches and multi-media
Having the organizational displays in the lobby outside the auditorium worked
perfectly. I saw more interaction among the delegates around the booths than in
previous WCFs and I saw more delegates visiting the booths. I thought the
arrangement this year was just perfect in that regard – it provided maximum
interaction among the delegates and participants.
I thought the speeches this year were well-balanced –– there was a good mix
of nationalities and topics that made for an exciting, very informative program.
I agree with Allan that this WCF was the best yet! The closing session was
I especially liked the social events pre- and post- conference. The two
receptions provided excellent opportunities for building networks among the
international participants. I especially enjoyed socializing with people that I
have known professionally – it helped to cement vital relationships that will be
very fruitful in the future. I don’t think we’ll be able to truly measure the
important benefit of the alignments that were forged during those times.
I have been absolutely deluged with requests from participants for copies of
my remarks and for the PowerPoint slides that I used. I hope that gives you an
indication of the impact that just one speech at WCF V had on the pro-family
delegates from around the world! I heard from numerous fellow delegates that
they access my article and speeches via Internet and distribute them frequently
to their constituencies.
I hope it doesn’t sound like I am going overboard here. I just want to make
sure that you understand the importance of the role you play in making all these
WCF events “happen.” I know you had hundreds of crises to solve along the way
and dozens of headaches from the stress and tension of resolving conflicts. And,
I know that “Amsterdam” almost didn’t happen because of the radical opposition
to the pro-family movement in that nation and throughout Europe. It took courage
to undertake that venture and I am so proud of the Howard Center for backing the
effort and for standing behind it during the hard times. I just want you to know
that I think the conference justified their confidence in you and in the concept
of WCF V in Amsterdam.
I am glad to be a member of the World Congress of Families Management
Committee as we look toward 2011 and future WCFs. It is exciting to see the
maturation of this pro-family movement and the impact that it is having around
the world in these perilous times. I am very pleased to be a vital part of the
effort and to work alongside you and Allan in these important endeavors.
By the way, I just sent you and Allan and John (Dr. John Howard) copies of my
just-released book, Children at Risk. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it. Thanks for
all you do!
Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Senior Fellow
The Beverly LaHaye Institute
Concerned Women for America
BEST and WORST Developments
Affecting The Family In 2009
1. World Congress of Families V – Our 5th World Congress drew delegates from 61
nations. Previous Congresses were held in Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico
City (2004) and Warsaw (2007). With valiant support from the Dutch local
organizing committee, in 2009, we brought the Congress to the heart of the
social left in Europe. With legalized drugs, prostitution, abortion and
homosexual “marriage,” it’s hard to imagine a city less hospitable to WCF’s
natural-family philosophy than Amsterdam. Having the Congress there brought
multiple challenges. The Dutch press was curious, if skeptical, and generally
provided fair coverage. Among the achievements of this Congress was revitalizing
the Dutch pro-family movement and changing the debate on family issues in the
2. Increase in Pro-Life Activities Worldwide – 2009 saw the
largest pro-life demonstrations in history, including two huge marches in
Madrid. (The last, on October 17, drawing as many as two million to the streets
of Spain’s capital.) On January 22, more than 300,000 participated in the annual
March for Life in Washington, D.C. WCF Communications Director Don Feder was the
keynote speaker at the March’s 37th Annual Rose Dinner. The Canadian National
March for Life in Ottawa (May 14) drew the largest crowd ever – 12,000, half of
them youth. Over 1,300 attended the 4th Pro-Life World Congress in Saragossa,
Spain, and pro-lifers marched through the heart of Amsterdam on December 12. Far
from being discouraged by a radical pro-abortion U.S. president, defenders of
the unborn were re-energized.
3. U.N. Resolution In Favor of Traditional Practices – A Russian-sponsored
resolution affirming “traditional values” as the foundation for human rights was
adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council, by a vote of 26 to 15. Feminists tried
to muddy the waters with the absurd charge that the resolution condoned female
genital mutilation and honor killings. In reality, those who voted for the
measure were affirming parental rights, the right-to-life (from inception to
natural death), freedom of religion and so on. Not since the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (1948), has the United Nations taken this forthright
a stand in favor of the natural family.
4. Marriage Victories from California To Maine – In the U.S., state voters
continued to reject pseudomarriage. The California Supreme Court upheld
Proposition 8, an amendment to the state’s constitution limiting marriage to “a
man and a woman,” enacted by the state’s voters in November 2008. Across the
country, in November 2009, voters in Maine (one of the most liberal states)
overturned a recent state law allowing same-sex marriage. The public sees the
absurdity of equating sodomy with marriage, even if elites do not.
5. Release of “Demographic Bomb” – The sequel to “Demographic Winter”
contains hard-hitting analysis of the consequences of rapidly falling birth
rates, and demonstrates the complicity of the international population-control
movement (including the United Nations Population Fund) in this demographic
disaster in the making. The continuing success of these documentaries -- the
first on falling human fertility -- is a positive step toward educating humanity
about what could be the greatest crisis to confront us in this century.
6. Australia Takes Steps to Block Access to Overseas Sex Sites – After a
year-long trial, the Australian government announced plans to block access to
certain foreign Internet sites, particularly those whose content includes child
sex abuse and sexual violence. “It is important that all Australians,
particularly young children, are protected from this material,” said
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. “The Government believes that parents
want assistance to reduce the risk of children being exposed to such material.”
In 2004, in the United States alone, Internet pornography was a
7. Lithuania Fights EU Over Homosexual Advocacy In The Schools –
Increasingly, member states are standing up to attempts of the European Union to
undermine their sovereignty and force them to engage in social experiments. The
Lithuanian Parliament (Siemas) passed a law which prohibits promoting
“homosexual, bisexual (or) polygamous relations” to minors. The EU Parliament
retaliated (by a 349- 218 vote) by condemning the law and threatening to suspend
Lithuania from the European Union. In turn, the Siemas has called on the
Lithuanian government to ask the European Court of Justice to determine the
lawfulness of the EU proclamation. The people of Europe are resisting the EU
bureaucracy’s drive to sweep aside the moral code which has governed the
continent for more than a millennium.
8. Outcome of the Boissoin Case in Canada – After a seven-year struggle, the
free-speech rights of Stephen Boissoin, a former pastor, were upheld by the
Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. In 2002, Boissoin wrote a letter to the editor
of a newspaper in Red Deer, Alberta, warning of the negative effects of the
homosexual agenda and the way militants are targeting youth. On the complaint of
a university professor, a Human Rights Commission ordered the youth worker to
pay a hefty fine, publish an apology, and refrain from further criticism of
homosexuality. On December 3rd, the Alberta court threw out the verdict,
partially vindicating the free-speech rights of profamily advocates.
9. Italy’s Resistance to the Order To Remove Crucifixes From Schools –
Italy’s Constitutional Court rejected a directive from the European Court of
Human Rights to remove crucifixes from its school. The Italian Court held that
when ECHR rulings conflict with that nation’s constitution they “lack
legitimacy.” The decision signals the growing resistance of more conservative
governments to moves by the EU’s secularist elite to sweep away their norms and
10. Palin’s Prominence – The continuing popularity of former Alaska Governor
Sarah Palin, 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee, is a victory for the
pro-family movement. Outspokenly pro-life and pro-marriage, Palin’s book has
been #1 on The New York Times best-sellers list since its publication on
November 17. In the week it was released, “Going Rogue” sold 469,000 copies.
While the mainstream media continue to call her a “polarizing figure,” Palin has
the most enthusiastic following of any potential conservative presidential
candidate for 2012.
1. Barack Obama, The Most Anti-Family President in U.S. History – In one of his
first official acts, Barack Obama reversed the Mexico City Policy and began
sending hundreds of millions of tax-dollars to international organizations
promoting abortion. His Science Czar, John Holdren, once suggested that if the
population crisis became sufficiently severe, forced abortions could be
justified under the U.S. Constitution. His health care would ration medical
services to the elderly. Speaking to the homosexual Human Rights Campaign in
September, the president said he looked forward to the day when the union of two
men or two women was afforded the same dignity and respect as normal marriage.
Obama is a hard-core ideologue who does not deviate one iota from the left’s
social agenda. Sadly, most voters who elected him had no idea what they were
2. China Celebrates Contraception Day – In the People’s Republic of China,
World Contraception Day (September 26) is a combination Christmas, Chinese New
Year and Cinco de Mayo. Beijing’s draconian one-child-per-family policy has made
it the darling of the contraception crowd. Government officials boast that since
the program’s inception, it has prevented an estimated 400 million births. One
result is the growing imbalance of men to women in the Chinese population – 124
male births for ever 100 females (due to sex-selection abortions and female
infanticide). It’s no coincidence that the most totalitarian regime on earth is
also the most gung-ho for limiting family size by compulsion.
3. Copenhagen Summit A Shill for Population Control – Global warming is the
left’s latest excuse for population-control. Writing in The National Post
(Canada’s largest newspaper) on the eve of the Summit, columnist Diane Francis
raved: “The world’s other species, vegetation, resources, oceans, arable land,
water supplies and atmosphere are being destroyed and pushed out of existence as
a result of humanity’s soaring population rate.” China was clearly the star of
Copenhagen. A representative of the U.N. Population Fund said, “China has had
the most successful family planning policy in the history of mankind.” Calling
forced abortions and sterilizations “family planning” is like calling Tiananmen
Square community relations.
4. UNFPA Official Calls Family Breakdown A “Triumph” For Human Rights –
Speaking at a colloquium in Mexico City, Arie Hoekman, a representative of the
UN Population Fund from the Netherlands, said high rates of divorce and
illegitimacy represent the triumph of “human rights” over “patriarchy.” It’s
rare for a UN official to speak so candidly of his contempt for the family
(which the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights calls the “natural and
fundamental group unit of society”), this despite the reams of social science
data showing that, by every available measure, children fare better in intact
5. Expansion of Hate Crimes Law in U.S. – In October, President Obama signed
into law a measure extending federal hate-crimes protection to so-called sexual
orientation – homosexuality, bi-sexuality, transgenderism and other
abnormalities -- protection not afforded the elderly or military personnel. Tim
Wildmon, president of the American Family Association (a WCF partner), charged
that the new law “creates a kind of caste system in law enforcement, where the
perverse thing is that people who engage in non-normative sexual behavior will
have more legal protection than heterosexuals.” It’s also feared the law will be
used to persecute clergy and others who object to homosexuality on ethical or
6. British Prime Minister Pledges To Force Civil Unions on Eastern Europe –
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged to force nations of Eastern
Europe to accept “civil unions” (gay marriage in all but name) contracted in the
United Kingdom. “If we could show Eastern Europe as well as Western Europe that
this respect for gay people is due, that would be really important,” Brown
insisted. Regrettably, the PM didn’t indicate the basis on which said respect is
“due” – the high rates of sexually-transmitted diseases among homosexuals, the
attacks of militant gays on traditional religion, or indulging in practices
which range from the bizarre to the loathsome.
7. Billionaires Push Abortion and Contraception – At a private meeting in
May, some of the wealthiest people in America decided to direct much of their
charitable giving to population control. Calling themselves the Good Club, the
informal gathering included billionaires like Microsoft founder Bill Gates,
Warren Buffett, George Soros, Ted Turner and David Rockefeller, Jr. The group
agreed with the recommendation that their spending be directed toward showering
contraceptives and abortion services on the Third World. Gates told them that
the world’s population will peak at 9.3 billion (up from 6.6 billion today),
but, through their good work, can be capped at 8.3 billion. He neglected to
explain why every advance in human history has paralleled population growth – or
the fact that, unless reversed, falling birth rates will lead to depopulation.
The group should be called the Good Intensions Club – as in the road to hell is
8. Obama’s “Safe-Schools” Czar Promoted Pedophilia -- Of all the ideologues
in the Obama administration, perhaps the most egregious is gay activist Kevin
Jennings, ironically named the Safe Schools Czar. Jennings was a member of the
group ACT UP (described by Bill Donohue of the Catholic League as “urban
terrorists”), and the founder of a national organization promoting homosexuality
in the schools. As a teacher at a private school in the 1980s, Jennings not only
failed to report a case of statutory rape, but encouraged a 15- year-old to
continue having sex with an adult male. Unfortunately, Al Capone isn’t available
to serve as Obama’s the Safe Streets Czar.
9. New Spanish Abortion Law – Despite massive protests against the measure,
in December, the Spanish Congress passed a new law further expanding legal
abortion in the nation. Once the law takes effect, abortion will be allowed for
any reason up to the 14th. week of gestation and for other reasons up to the
22nd. week. The nation’s Socialist government is apparently not satisfied with
100,000 abortions a year in Spain under the current law. Spain has one of the
lowest birth rates in the world (1.1 children per woman, versus a
replacement-level rate of 2.1). While they promote the slaughter of the unborn,
the socialists are giving the families of newborns a 2,500-Euro subsidy
(increased to 3,500 for families with more than three children) – which makes
sense only to a socialist. Besides the immorality of facilitating 100,000 deaths
a year, the Spanish government is abetting national suicide.
10. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says Contraception Is An Economic Stimulus
Measure – In trying to explain why funding for contraception was part of
President Obama’s first economic stimulus package, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
said contraception would reduce spending by the states. Typical of the left,
Pelosi views children as a burden, never as an asset. In the United States, the
current recession (especially in the housing market) is attributed in part to an
aging population. Perhaps the Speaker can explain how the Social Security system
can be kept solvent by all of the people who are never conceived or born.
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World Congress of Families:
Profiles in Leadership
This continues our regular feature celebrating the women and men
who have contributed to the growing success of the international pro-family
Tim Wildmon is president of American Family Association (AFA) – a World Congress
of Families Partner -- and American Family Radio (AFR). Based in Tupelo,
Mississippi, American Family Association is a pro-family advocacy organization
with over two million online supporters and approximately 150,000 subscribers to
its monthly flagship publication the AFA Journal. AFA was founded in 1977 by Don
Wildmon, an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church.
In 1991 AFA started the AFR Network which now consists of nearly 200 radio
stations owned by the Association. The format is news, information, Bible
teaching and inspirational music. AFR is the fastest growing radio network of
any kind and has built more stations in a shorter period than any other network.
Another AFA division is One News Now, a hard-news service, similar to Associated
Press, with more than 100,000 subscribers. AFA uses all these vehicles to
communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian message in America.
Tim is co-host of the national radio program “Today’s Issues,” a daily
discussion offering a Christian perspective on issues of the day. He is also
co-host of “Christian World View This Week,” a weekly program discussing social
and political issues for Christians, and how they can become more involved. Both
programs air on AFR stations across the country.
Tim has authored two books of short-story humor and writes a bi-weekly column
for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. He has written guest editorials for
USA Today and columns for magazines such as Focus on the Family.
Tim has appeared on Fox News' “The O'Reilly Factor” and “Dayside,” MSNBC's
“Deborah Norville Tonight,” CNN's “Talk Back Live,” NewsNight with Aaron Brown”
and “American Morning.” He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New
York Times , The Washington Post , USA Today , Los Angeles Times , Chicago
Tribune and numerous other print publications. He is also frequently quoted by
Family News in Focus, WorldNetDaily, SRN News and USA Radio News, in addition to
being a frequent guest on local and national radio shows.
Tim leads Spiritual Heritage Tours to Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon twice
a year. These tours emphasize the great influence Christianity has had on
American history and its role in the lives of the Founding Fathers. Tim also
leads an annual trip to the Holy Land where he guides visitors along places
found in the Bible, including sites in Israel and Greece.
Tim has been with American Family Association since June 1986. He is the 2009
recipient of the Justice Foundation’s Defender of Life Award.
Tim graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in journalism.
He and his wife Alison have been married for 25 years and have three children.
Click here for the American Family Association website.
Click here for the website of American Family Radio
Click here for One News Now
Phyllis Schlafly has been a national leader of the conservative movement since
the publication of her bestselling 1964 book,” A Choice Not An Echo.” She has
been a leader of the pro-family movement since 1972, when she started her
national volunteer organization now called Eagle Forum.
In a ten-year battle, Mrs. Schlafly led the pro-family movement to victory
over the principal legislative goal of radical feminists, called the Equal
An articulate and successful opponent of the radical feminist movement, she
appears in debate on college campuses more often than any other conservative
figure. She was named one of the 100 most important women of the 20th century by
the Ladies' Home Journal.
Mrs. Schlafly's monthly newsletter called The Phyllis Schlafly Report is now
in its 43rd. year. Her syndicated column appears in 100 newspapers, her radio
commentaries are heard daily on 500 stations, and her radio talk show on
education called "Eagle Forum Live" is heard weekly on 75 stations. Both can be
heard on the Internet.
Mrs. Schlafly is the author or editor of 20 books on subjects as varied as
family and feminism (“The Power of the Positive Woman” and “Feminist
Fantasies”), education (“Child Abuse in the Classroom”), child care (“Who Will
Rock the Cradle?”), and phonics (“First Reader” and “Turbo Reader”). Her most
recent book is “The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It.”
Mrs. Schlafly is a lawyer who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the
Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1985-1991. She has
testified before more than 50 Congressional and State Legislative committees on
constitutional, national defense, and family issues.
Mrs. Schlafly is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington University, received
her J.D. from Washington University Law School, and received her Master's in
Political Science from Harvard University. In 2008 Washington University/St.
Louis awarded Phyllis an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Phyllis Schlafly is America's best-known advocate of the dignity and honor
that we as a society owe to the role of fulltime homemaker. The mother of six
children, she was the 1992 Illinois Mother of the Year. Nancy Schaefer, a former
state senator and president of Eagle Forum Georgia, spoke at World Congress of
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Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Fights Assisted Suicide In U.S. and
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) achieved a partial victory on Dec. 31,
when the Montana Supreme Court ruled that there is no constitutional right to
socalled physician-assisted suicide in the state. At the same time, Montana’s
high court held that nothing in state law prohibits “aid in dying.”
In a Dec. 31 press release, EPC noted that the holding “ignores the practical
realities of ensuring patient safety from over-eager heirs, new ‘best friends’
and others who might benefit from the patient’s death.”
Click here for the
Coalition’s press release on the decision in Baxter v. Montana.
The Coalition, a WCF Partner, is also fighting Bill C-384, a bill before the
Canadian Parliament which would legalize both euthanasia and physician-assisted
suicide. Writing in Canada Politics Examiner, Brian Lilley, Ottawa Bureau Chief
for Newstalk 1010 in Toronto, commented: “Canada does need a full and frank
discussion on dying with dignity, but I fail to see what is dignified about
dying by lethal injection at the hands of a doctor sworn to promote and sustain
life, not take it.”
On November 13-14, 2009, EPC and the Manning Centre co-hosted the Wilberforce
Weekend at the University of Ottawa. More than 100 from the United States and
Canada attended the conference, which focused on euthanasia and assisted
suicide. One outcome was an ongoing committee to create a united effort among
groups working for common goals here.
Click here for the website of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
WCF Communications Director Tackles Copenhagen Summit
World Congress of Families Communications Director Don Feder exposed the hidden
agenda behind the Copenhagen Climate Summit – population control. In “Copenhagen
– Enviro-Left Drives Another Nail In Humanity’s Coffin,” published on
GrasstopsUSA on December 20, 2009, Feder observed:
“In the 17th century, there were the humanists, who said man was the measure
of all things.
In the 19th century came the liberals, who said their great goal was the
liberation of mankind, and that conscience could not be coerced.
Today, the left sees humanity as a blight on an otherwise pristine natural
world. It measures the value of individuals solely in terms of CO2 emissions and
carbon footprints. Instead of turning human beings into energy, a la “The
Matrix,” it celebrates nonexistence as a way to reduce energy dependent on
burning fossil fuels.
This is the dead-end of modern liberalism. Leftists started by hating their
class, moved on to hating their nation and their race. And now they have, quite
logically, arrived at the point of hating their own species. The Voluntary Human
Extinction Movement is the most honest and consistent cohort of this
At least in the West, the left has been at war with human fertility since the
early 20th century. At various times, this assault advanced under the banner of
human improvement (weeding out those termed undesirables), fighting poverty or
promoting women’s rights. Prior to global warming, the goal was to prevent
worldwide starvation. Global warming is merely the latest convenient excuse. If
it didn’t exist (in their minds) they would have to invent it.
While the establishment is obsessively focused on overpopulation, supposedly
leading to environmental catastrophe, birth rates are declining precipitously.
There are now 59 nations, with 44% of the world’s population, that have
below-replacement fertility. (Russia is losing three-quarters of a million
people a year.) “
Click here to read the GrassTopsUSA article in its
GrassTopsUSA is a World Congress of Families Partner.
Feder spoke at World Congress of Families V on “The
Philosophical Roots of Demographic Winter,”
including population control. Click
here to read his remarks
Click here to watch a trailer for the documentary
“Demographic Winter: the decline of the human family.”
Women and The Culture Of Life
Excerpts from the Speech of Janet A. Morana at World Congress of Families V
“Feminism, at its best, listens to the voices of women. It listens with new
ears, not pre-judging what it will hear, nor trying to make it fit into any
mold. True feminism is attuned to what women are saying about what helps them
and what hurts them. It is ready to hear them, even when their message presents
new challenges to the rest of us. It listens courageously.
It’s time for a new feminism, ready to hear the message that women around the
globe are raising with greater frequency and intensity than ever. That message
is, ‘I regret my abortion.’ Whether in private or in public, women are
expressing the shared experience that abortion represents a dead end, an empty
promise, a failed experiment, a false hope. For countless women, not only did
abortion not solve their problems, but it only created new ones, of a physical,
emotional, and spiritual nature.”
“Perhaps most fundamental, however, among the kinds of damage that abortion
does to women is the powerful statement it makes about their very nature and
role in society. The abortion mentality looks on pregnancy as a disease. It does
not take women seriously in their unique privilege and power of bearing new
life! As Rosemary Bottcher, a Feminist for Life, has written, ‘Abortion reduces
women to the status of sex machines which can be “repaired' if necessary.
Abortion helps ease his (the man's) anxiety about sex and relieves him of the
last vestige of responsibility. At last sex is really free!’ Elizabeth Cady
Stanton, a founder of the women’s rights movement, put it this way: ‘When we
consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we
should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.’ (Letter
to Julia Ward Howe, October 16, 1871, recorded in Howe's diary at Harvard
“Women, therefore, are at the forefront both of bearing the damage of the
culture of death and forging the way to a new Culture of Life. While there are
many life issues – indeed, any issue worthy of consideration is worthy precisely
because it impacts human life – it is abortion which stands at the center of the
conflict between these two cultures and worldviews. No human relationship is
more basic than that between a mother and her own child, and it is only when we
can maintain peace and harmony in that relationship that we can learn how to
maintain peace and harmony between ethnic groups, economic sectors of society,
Women will lead the way more effectively the more they can be healed from the
negative impact abortion has had upon them. This involves both a psychological
and spiritual healing, facilitated by the support of others in their communities
and the expert help of those who understand their wounds. This is at the basis
of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a joint project of Priests for Life
and Anglicans for Life, by which the large numbers of women who are saying ‘I
regret my abortion’ are organizing themselves to speak that message more loudly
and effectively. The Campaign’s goal is first of all to extend the opportunity
for healing to all who have lost a child to abortion. The Campaign likewise aims
to raise awareness of the harm abortion does to women, and to provide, to those
who are ready to do so, the opportunity to share publicly their testimony of
pain and of healing.
These testimonies are shared in churches, on television and radio programs,
on the Internet, and at public gatherings all around the world. At the annual
March for Life in Washington DC, women and men who have lost children to
abortion lead the way at the front of that march, holding signs that say ‘I
Regret My Abortion’ and ‘I Regret Lost Fatherhood’. At the conclusion of the
march, they stand outside the Supreme Court and share their testimonies one by
one in the presence of the marchers and the media.”
“To be pro-life is to be pro-woman. We do not say, ‘Love the baby and forget
about the mother.’ Rather, we say, ‘Why can't we love them both?’ We can and we
must. To harm one is to harm the other; to love and serve one is to love and
serve the other. The destinies of mother and child are inextricably bound to one
‘Pro-woman’ is not simply a project, strategy, or package for the pro-life
message. Rather, it is that message. Whenever someone speaks up for the equal
dignity of the unborn child, that person is advancing the status of women.
Whenever someone reveals the horror of abortion, that person is counteracting
the exploitation of women, so many of whom are deceived into thinking that
abortion is no horror at all. Whenever the pro-life message is advanced, women
are ennobled. For that we will continue to work, and in that we rejoice!”
Janet A. Morana is the Executive Director of Priests for Life
and the Co-Founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign
Click here to read her remarks to World Congress of Families V in their
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