Author Archive for Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.

Abortion Advocates Seek to Sway Trump to Keep Foreign Abortion Funds
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Abortion Advocates Seek to Sway Trump to Keep Foreign Abortion Funds

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The biggest names in international abortion advocacy are looking for ways to convince the incoming Trump administration not cut their funding by reinstating the 1984 Mexico City Policy. The policy requires that grantees of US foreign aid for family planning do not perform or actively promote abortions. It was rescinded under Democratic administrations and reinstated […]

Will New Saint Bring New Allies to UN Abortion Debates?
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Will New Saint Bring New Allies to UN Abortion Debates?

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Mother Teresa’s canonization in Rome reverberated at an event in UN headquarters where top diplomats praised the saint as the very essence of the UN’s mission even if they had opposed her message on life and family issues in the past. “Mother Teresa is the United Nations,” the Secretary-General, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, said when […]

Gender Ideology Leads to Child Abuse: Pediatricians
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Gender Ideology Leads to Child Abuse: Pediatricians

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“Facts – not ideology – determine reality,” the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) said in a warning to legislators and educators about the dangers of surgical and medical sex change operations to children. “Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child […]

Punish the Rapist, Welcome the Child: Interview
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Punish the Rapist, Welcome the Child: Interview

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Lianna Rebolledo was 12 years old when two men kidnapped her while she was walking to a local shopping mall. Nine months later she gave birth to a baby girl.  Today she travels to shelters all over Latin America giving hope to girls pregnant from rape by sharing her story. I sat down with Lianna […]

Same Sex Parenting Increases Depression in Children
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Same Sex Parenting Increases Depression in Children

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Our relationship with our biological parents influences our happiness long after we’ve flown the nest. So says a new study showing how those raised by same-sex parents experience significantly more depression, obesity, and other problems in young adulthood than their peers. In the first study to examine children raised by same-sex parents into early adulthood, […]

Vatican Defends Unborn at UN World Summit
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Vatican Defends Unborn at UN World Summit

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The Vatican reminded world leaders there is no international right to abortion at a global summit in Istanbul last month. The Holy See rejected European proposals to create a new right to abortion under the Geneva Conventions, also known as international humanitarian law or the laws of war. The “Holy See emphasizes that there is […]

UN Human Rights Power Grab
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UN Human Rights Power Grab

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The UN abortion debate took a turn last week when one of the top human rights committees abandoned a decades-long diplomatic tactic of using linguistic ambiguity to advance a right to abortion. The committee that monitors the 1966 Convention on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR) issued a “general comment” saying that abortion rights are […]

Secretary General Backdoors Abortion, LGBT Rights into UN Humanitarian Goals
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Secretary General Backdoors Abortion, LGBT Rights into UN Humanitarian Goals

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s grand plan to tackle the global humanitarian crisis and achieve recently adopted new UN development goals includes abortion and LGBT rights. The Secretary General’s report “One Humanity: Shared Responsibility,” asks governments to include abortion and LGBT rights in their efforts to tackle the humanitarian objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals, […]

Pope Speaks Out for Unborn, Natural Family in UN Address
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Pope Speaks Out for Unborn, Natural Family in UN Address

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World leaders broke out into applause 27 times during the Pope’s address to the UN General Assembly last week, including when he called for the defense of the “right to life,” and called the family the “primary cell of any social development.” Pro-life and pro-family advocates welcomed the speech as an improvement upon the more […]

Forgotten Victims of Sexual Violence: Children Born of War
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Forgotten Victims of Sexual Violence: Children Born of War

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Among the hundreds of Christians and minorities abducted by Islamic State terrorists are women and girls forced into marriage and sexual slavery. As world leaders fumble to respond to ISIS attacks, another crisis looms – the perilous future of these women and girls and the children they will conceive during captivity. Throughout history, children born […]

Obama: Faith-Based Groups Must Refer Refugee Children for Abortions
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Obama: Faith-Based Groups Must Refer Refugee Children for Abortions

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The Obama administration is getting ready to issue new rules requiring charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the US without their parents. Faith-based groups say this is a contravention of the rights of parents and a violation of the conscience rights of faith-based groups helping resettle the children. The public has until Monday […]

John Paul II Continues to Challenge UN Development Regime
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John Paul II Continues to Challenge UN Development Regime

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During a week celebrating his canonization, many credited Pope John Paul II with defeating the campaign for an international right to abortion and founding the international pro-life movement. But his reach went further, to a critique of the UN’s approach to human development and how it can threaten international peace and justice. “To formulate population […]

The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm - Part Three: No Norm, No Right
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The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm – Part Three: No Norm, No Right

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Part 1: A Norm is Born Part 2: Reproductive Health Doesn’t Include Abortion . . . But it Does In 2006, the term “reproductive health” made it into a binding international law treaty for the first time, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. While this was a victory for the reproductive rights […]

The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm, Part Two
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The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm, Part Two

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The term “reproductive health” seeped without fanfare into UN language in 1972 when it was adopted by Jose Barzelatto, the inaugural head of WHO’s program on human reproduction. Its first appearance in a UN document was a World Health Organization (WHO) report 20 years later by Barzelatto’s successor, Mahmoud Fathalla. His sprawling description of the […]

The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm Part One: A Norm is Born
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The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm Part One: A Norm is Born

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For decades, powerful countries and wealthy foundations conducted a campaign to create a global standard for abortion rights. Despite their efforts, the phrase “reproductive health” has been adopted, but not an international norm of reproductive rights. Forty years after abortion advocates inserted the term “reproductive health” into the international population agenda, they are no closer […]

Two Child Policy in China: Too Little Too Late?
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Two Child Policy in China: Too Little Too Late?

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With its announcement of possible reforms, China has implicitly admitted its forty year-old one child per-family policy has been a failure. The rules led to draconian abuses. There were an estimated 336 million abortions, including forced abortions and sterilizations at the hands of a powerful and intrusive family planning establishment controlling the most intimate aspects […]

UNICEF Claims Children Have Right to Confidential Sex Services
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UNICEF Claims Children Have Right to Confidential Sex Services

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UNICEF says that nations are bound by international law to recognize the right of children to sexually-related information and services without parental knowledge. UNICEF’s latest annual report revealed that it interprets two UN human rights treaties–on disabilities and children’s rights–to include a child’s right “to confidential sexual and reproductive health information and services during adolescence […]

European Leaders Use Laws of War to Pressure US to Fund Abortions in Africa
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European Leaders Use Laws of War to Pressure US to Fund Abortions in Africa

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European leaders pressing President Obama to fund African abortions argue that a novel interpretation of laws governing war should trump US restrictions on abortion funding. To make their case, they are elevating the views of a few experts from a different body of law—human rights. The Europeans recently criticized the US restrictions “in situations of […]

UNFPA’S Dark View
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UNFPA’S Dark View

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The new UN Population Fund report is riddled with problems which undercut its call for $8.1B a year for ever more contraception in developing countries. The evidence for this ambitious claim is so thin that it should not be hard for critics to refute it, but here are 11 problems that jumped off the very first pages: 1. The report is based […]

Architect of Reproductive Rights Dies as Her Legacy Unravels
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Architect of Reproductive Rights Dies as Her Legacy Unravels

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Feminist Activist Joan Dunlop died last week at 78, just a week after her legacy of recasting international population control efforts as “reproductive rights” began to unravel. Dunlop was a protégé of John D. Rockefeller, III, who led the charge for international population control. His vision and large fortune established and set the agenda for institutions […]

Kill Them in the Cradle
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Kill Them in the Cradle

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I suffered a sneak attack last week while sitting at the head table for a dinner at Providence’s prestigious Hope Club (my husband Toshi was the evening’s speaker). Surrounded by the grandeur of the old place (still Christmas-clad) and enjoying a good meal, I was happy to be placed between a Navy fighter pilot getting […]

Nigerians Fight to Uphold Marriage Under Obama’s Pressure
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Nigerians Fight to Uphold Marriage Under Obama’s Pressure

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The Catholic Medical Association of Nigeria (CMAN) congratulated that country’s Senate for defending marriage in law, but it condemned what it called the “coordinated ferocity” of foreign governments, NGOs, and international organizations which pressured the Senate not to pass the bill. CMAN called this interference “forces of neo-colonialism, imperialism, and secular humanism.” The bill, which […]

Study: The Pill Causes Memory Changes
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Study: The Pill Causes Memory Changes

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In case you missed it, the world celebrated Contraception Day 2011 on [September 26]. Here is USAID’s recognition of the day, complete with a happy Indian family with two children, (the average number the UN statisticians say Indians, and every other nation, will have by century’s end and a one child less than the average […]

US Lambastes $238K Average UN Salaries and More
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US Lambastes $238K Average UN Salaries and More

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The US representative to the UN for mangagement and reform delivered a scathing critique of the new UN budget–which was delivered piecemeal and incomplete to donors and reflects a massive spending increase that outpaces inflation. With 15 reports still to be considered, the UN budget is already at “an alarming” $5.5B, the US said. Considered […]

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