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Taxpayer Supported Pro-Abortion Group Praises Demise of Family

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A representative of one of the group’s that will now receive taxpayer money from U.S. citizens to fund overseas abortions has publicly stated that the breakdown of traditional families is not a crisis but a “triumph for human rights.” According to a report by, Arie Hoekman, a representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) told participants in a colloquium being held at Colegio Mexico in Mexico City that rising divorce rates and out-of-wedlock births don’t represent a social crisis but a triumph of human rights against “patriarchy.” "In the eyes of conservative forces, these changes mean that the family is in crisis," he said. "In crisis?  More than a crisis, we are in the presence of a weakening of the patriarchal structure, as a result of the disappearance of the economic base that sustains it and because of the rise of new values centered in the recognition of fundamental human rights." Leonardo Casco, a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family and a citizen of Honduras, said he wasn't surprised that the UNFPA was denying the crisis in the family. "They definitely have to deny that there is a crisis in the family, because they have created the crisis," he said. Calling the UNFPA "bureaucrats at the service of death," Casco observed that "after 45 years of birth control, the pill, disrespect for marriage for the family, for children, etc, this is the result. Because of that we have violence, war, lack of respect of women, children." Through their promotion and distribution of contraceptives the UNFPA has become "a birth control agency at the service of the most powerful countries" said Casco.  "They have destroyed the family, values, this is undeniable, it's what everyone says ... but they always have to deny it." Regarding Hoekman’s comments about “human rights,”  Casco said that UNFPA bureaucrats “have invented a series of new 'human rights',” that did not exist when the concept was defined in 1948, “with which they wish to justify all of their actions.” Thanks to an executive order by President Barack Obama that reversed the Mexico City Policy, a law forbidding the granting of U.S. funds to organizations that fund overseas abortions, the UNFPA will now be receiving millions of American taxpayer dollars. The UNFPA has been embroiled in controversy over the years for cooperating with, and helping to subsidize, China's One Child Policy, which forces women to have abortions if they already have one child. In addition to its support for forced abortions, the UNFPA has helped to administer forced sterilizations in South America and is involved in the distribution and promotion of contraceptives and sterilization worldwide, with a focus on poorer countries. © All Rights Reserved, Living His Life Abundantly/Women of Grace.