Have you heard of, or have you ever used C-Fam as a pro-life resource?

This is the Catholic Family and Human Right Institute (

The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute is urgently seeking donations to support its Friday Fax, a free service that delivers each week to email subscribers a bulletin concerning actions being taken by the UN and its related agencies to liberalize abortion laws and practices among member states.

UN agencies often tie financial aid to needy countries to their support of abortion.

Under the Obama Administration, the US will now become a major supporter of this UN effort.

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  1. PMcGrath says:

    I second this motion.

    I have known C-FAM for many years, and have even visited their cubbyhole of an office near the U.N. building in Manhattan. They are the David to the Goliath of the U-N anti-life brigades, and they have many times sling-shot a smooth stone right between their eyes.

    A worthier cause for your monetary support and prayers I do not know.

  2. PMcGrath says:

    Also, as it happens, the latest “Friday Fax” came to my e-mail in box just before reading this article. Here’s one of the articles from that issue. It will give you some idea of what C-FAM does and how hard they work.

    UNICEF Calls for Legal Abortion
    in Dominican Republic

    By By Piero A. Tozzi, J.D. and Paola Ocejo

    (NEW YORK – C-FAM) Despite direct intervention by a top United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official, the Dominican Republic appears poised to adopt a new constitution that protects human life “from conception until death.”

    While Dominican lawmakers were debating the merits of such a provision and the nation’s penal prohibition of abortion, Nils Kastberg, UNICEF’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, interjected himself, calling on Dominican legislators to consider liberalizing abortion so women would not be forced into “unsafe procedures.” He also suggested they would be “hypocrites” unconcerned with the nation’s higher than average teen birth rate. Kastberg made his unusual statements while visiting the capital of Santo Domingo at the end of March.

    Rather than bowing to external pressure from UNICEF and pro-abortion non-governmental organizations, this week members of the bicameral constitutional assembly voted 167-32 to approve the proposed charter, including Article 30, which states, “The right to life is inviolable from conception to death.” Another article would define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

    Pro-lifers are considering the constitutional reform to be a fait accompli, though a second reading followed by formal promulgation by the President is also required. Support crossed party lines, with the opposition Partido Revolucionario Dominicano and Partido Reformista Social Cristiano and most members of the President’s Partido de la Liberación Dominicana declaring their support for the right-to-life provision.

    The meddling by Kastberg, a Swedish national, also brought to mind another pro-abortion Latin American intervention by UNICEF and other United Nations agencies. When Nicaragua strengthened legislation protecting the unborn in 2006, UNICEF joined agencies like the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Development Fund in signing a letter to the head of the Nicaraguan National Assembly that asserted – incorrectly – that the legislation violated rights contained in various international documents such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination, or CEDAW.

    In addition, four Scandinavian countries, Holland and Canada signed the letter, with Sweden reportedly cutting over $20 million in foreign aid to Nicaragua as a result of the legislative reform, and Finland threatening to link continued aid to changes in Nicaragua’s abortion law.

    Despite its image as a benign agency dedicated to assisting children in the developing world, in recent years UNICEF has supported liberalized abortion. According to Douglas Sylva, a senior fellow of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) [publisher of the Friday Fax] and the author of a White Paper on the agency, UNICEF is “an opportunistic advocate of abortion rights.” One longtime UNICEF watcher told the Friday Fax, “Where does UNICEF get the authority to interfere in the constitutional decisions of a sovereign state?”

    When formally adopted, the Dominican Republic will join other Latin American nations whose constitutions explicitly protect unborn life, including Chile, Paraguay, and Guatemala. In addition, at least 10 Mexican states have amended their state constitutions to protect life from the moment of conception, including most recently, the Pacific coast state of Nayarit. The pro-life constitutional revisions in Mexico and the Dominican Republic signal popular reaffirmation of pro-life principles throughout the region.

  3. TomG says:

    Called. Donated.

    It would be interesting to know, Fr. Z., what kind of up-tick is shown in their donations in the 24 hours following your posting. [That would be interesting. But I doubt we will find out. It is a good cause.]

  4. Ken says:

    A fantastic organization, although I would prefer the founder/leader stop talking about being a former TLM communicant.

  5. James says:

    I’ve known/donated to C-Fam about four years. They are solid, respectable, and Catholic. If you really want the “inside scoop” on pro-life (and pro-death) happenings at the United Nations, the mailings (snail) from Austin Ruse are brimming with info you will never get in the MSM or even the Catholic blogosphere. So, if you can, give them some money and ask to be put on the Friday Fax list and the snail-mail donor list.

    Also, if any bright, energetic person in New York city is between jobs, I believe they also are frequently in need of “interns”. Could be exciting summer work for a young person to be in the UN, helping C-Fam with various tasks. They seem to be very focused and expert at what they do, not “fluffy” pro-life stuff, fighting tough battles in a really tough arena.

  6. Austin Ruse says:

    Dear All,

    Many thanks for your very kind words about my work and the work of my organization. Your praise is much appreciated.

    All the best,

    Austin Ruse

    PS I did write one piece about my experiences in the Traditionalist movement but i never criticized the Mass of Blessed John XXIII of which i have a profound appreciation and love.

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