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UN Commission begins with harassment of Catholic pro-lifers

(New York, C-Fam) Starting this past Monday, the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) brings together thousands of abortion and sexual rights advocates to the United Nations for events in partnership with delegates, government leaders, and UN agencies, while UN member states negotiate an annual non-binding document. Despite their claims of inclusivity and diversity, the UN agencies staunchly defend progressive Western feminist ideals and have left little room for pro-family and life organizations to participate.

The broad landscape of CSW is hostile to family and life groups, including open anti-religious and anti-Catholic statements targeting the permanent observer of the Holy See in the UN. Catholics for Choice, an abortion and homosexual/trans advocate organization, hosted a presentation —  “How the Catholic Church uses ‘gender ideology’ to threaten human rights.” The influence of the Holy See in UN negotiations and the Catholic Church at large was condemned alongside its pro-life stance and belief that men and women are complimentary sexes.

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The president of Catholics for Choice, Jamie Manson, labeled the binary reality of gender as “gender ideology,” calling it a “real idol now in the Church these days.” Among other accusations against Catholic doctrine, Dianne Willman, a South-African native and self-identified “priest” from the schismatic initiative Roman Catholic Womenpriests, declared the refusal of women’s ordination in the Church a human rights crisis and a “gender apartheid,” comparing the inhumane crimes committed in the South African Apartheid.

In an event hosted by UN Women and the Generation Equality Forum for “shaping a feminist digital future,” Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, founder and CEO of Women at the Table, told the audience that technology must be used to ensure a progressive feminist future: “this is about control, this is about power.” Throughout the CSW NGO events was a call for an international right to abortion and sexual rights…

Read entire article at C-Fam.

Editor’s Note: Craig-Austin Rose writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute ( This article appears with permission.”

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