A reader sent me the following petition from the organization C-FAM, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, which lobbies the United Nations on behalf of the rights of the unborn and of families. I visited the website and signed the petition, which only needs your name, country, and an email address (no further info is required, and you can opt-out of additional mailings if, like me, you can't keep up with organizational emails in your inbox.
Rather than email this petition to everyone on my contacts list (who will probably do what I generally must do with fwd: fwd: fwd emails and delete the petition without reading it), I thought I'd put the text of the letter below. If you'd like to visit the website and consider signing the petition so that on the anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights the UN can be reminded that a lot of us consider the right to life from conception to natural death to be a fundamental human right, please click through the links in the text below.
September 29, 2008 Dear Friend, The UN will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this December 10th. To celebrate this occasion, radical pro-abortion groups intend to present the UN General Assembly with petitions calling for a universal right to abortion. The largest, richest and most powerful pro-abortion groups are even now planning their attack on the unborn at the General Assembly. Campaigns are being waged right now by International Planned Parenthood Federation and Maire Stopes International, the two groups responsible for more abortions than any other groups in the world. Both are beloved of the powers that be at the UN; and their efforts to promote an international right to abortion are welcomed by many UN Member States, perhaps most of the UN bureaucracy, and powerful US foundations that give millions to promote abortion at the UN and around the world. We must stop them this December. I am writing to ask you to sign a petition calling on UN Members States to interpret the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as protecting the unborn child from abortion. Did you know that the Universal Declaration calls for a right to life? Did you know that UN committees now interpret that as a right to abortion? We can stop them.
Please goHEREto sign the petition which we will present at the UN on December 10th, the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At the very least we must match what the pro-abortion advocates will present to the UN that day! They will present thousands and thousands of names. WE MUST MATCH THEM! GoHEREto sign the petition and then please send this email to all of your family and friends. Our goal is to present 50,000+ names to the General Assembly. We need your help right now to block the pro-aborts from making huge progress for abortion at the UN. We are going to run this campaign for the next six weeks. There is plenty of time to get this petition to everyone in your address book and all around the world. This is an international right. Please help us now. Imagine the look on their faces when we slam down 50,000 names! Be a part of that. Sign the petitionHEREand send this all over the world. Yours sincerely,
Austin Ruse President C-FAM (The only pro-life group working exclusively on UN social policy)