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New York City, N.Y., Sep 21, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A return to the “basics” of human rights would help achieve the U.N.’s Millennial Development Goals in a way that respects human life and the family, according to a seminar at the organization held Thursday.
“Our call to action today is to move more quickly to a brighter future – achieving the Millennium Goals more quickly — by ‘going back to the basics’ – looking ahead by rediscovering and mirroring the founding purposes of this United Nations and the enactment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Alan Sears, the president of Alliance Defending Freedom, said Sept. 19.
“Going back to the founding basics would unify, even amaze the differing governments of the world as differences could be eliminated.”
The seminar, held at the U.N. headquarters in New York, advocated development paths that respect human life and the family. It was aimed at U.N. delegates, dignitaries and other decision makers.
The seminar focused on the four international development goals concerning education, poverty, maternal health and infant mortality. Alliance Defending Freedom and Incluyendo Mexico co-sponsored the event.
Sears examined the role of the U.N. in defending human rights, saying that development goals risk being endangered or compromised by “short-sighted agendas that create a clash of ‘rights’.”
He warned that some countries are “undermining the fundamental rights” that the universal declaration was intended to protect.
While the declaration says that everyone has a right to life, there is a “clash” with those who declare the right to abortion on demand. Sears said the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, a key moment in international human rights, declared both voluntary and forced abortions to be war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Yet, he said abortion is now being “smuggled” into discussion of rights under such euphemisms as “reproductive health.”
Sears also emphasized the need to support the family and the right to life.
“Doesn’t a strong and intact family go hand in hand with the surest and most time-tested ways to eradicate extreme poverty,” he asked.
“Isn’t parental vision, direction, and involvement indispensable to ensure optimal education for children and to increase the number of children who complete their education successfully? Isn’t protecting, providing for, and loving both the mother and her unborn child the most effective way to reduce child mortality rates and improve maternal health?”
He also noted that there are developments in rights theory that could put religious (Read More)