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Australian right-to-die advocate Dr. Philip Nitschke is holding a workshop on voluntary euthanasia in Britain. “Dr. Death,” a moniker known to many Australians, sells euthanasia kits through his organization, Exit International, but he claims that no profit is made. Ironically, the doctor denies promoting euthanasia,...

By Joshua James This article contains explicit content that is not appropriate for children. Read with caution. A month or so ago, the Virginia congress was debating whether or not pro-choice license plates should be allowed. There were already pro-life plates, which had become rather successful means...

By Joshua James You may have not been heavily involved in the sex education conversation before. Up to a couple months ago, I wasn’t. But I’ve realized that now’s the time to be involved, because sex education is scary business. The opposition is doing all it can...

by: Carol Soelberg I joined the UFI team at CSW on Monday morning for the second week.  It was a beautiful day in NYC and I was excited to be engaged in the work of protecting families.  I had forgotten that the second week always begins with the...

Utah’s current legislation for Utah State House Bill 12 has been a hot topic throughout the country, even with an article in the New York Times (with a quote from Laura Bunker, President of UFI Utah!) printed in February. House Bill 12 says that a woman...

“Women’s rights will never be fully realized until we end the suffocating influence of religion.”  Or try this:  “Secularization is the answer to the oppression of women.”   Versions of those lines are regularly repeated at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. Rabeea * doesn’t...

By Brenda Sanders I went to the meeting of the week, the “US Briefing” only to find Peggy Kerry (John Kerry’s sister) guarding the door. She said that I had to wait outside the building until 1pm and they would come and get me. She was very...

Check this out for a really interesting side event at CSW.  "Scientists have presented evidences that global warming threatens the planet in a new and unexpected way - by triggering earthquakes, tsunamis, avalanches and volcanic eruptions."  They went on to say that the earthquake in Chilie and...

“Homophobia and Transphobia” was the title of the side event and Helen Kennedy, the Executive Director of International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) of Canada was a main speaker.  She is a lesbian and is well-known in her circles for her passion on “queer issues.” ...

By Joshua James Right now I’m sitting on a retro brown chair in the basement of the UN building, waiting for an event to end. Originally I sat down to finish a blog or two, but got a little distracted. The first distraction came when a woman...

This afternoon Heather and I heard IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) talk about youth led sexual & reproductive rights advocacy. The panel consisted of (from left in the picture) a translator, a man from Mexico, a woman from Tunisia, a physician from Morocco who looked...

From left to right. Front row: Brenda Sanders, President of United Families Arizona; Heather Sanders, journalist extraordinaire; Joshua James, intern at UFI; Shellie Baird, also an intern at UFI. Back row; Marcia Barlow, UN expert; Michael Duff, President of United Families International. Take a good look...

Patty Liston of Reach the Children gave a wonderful presentation on the Stay Alive program in a side event today at the United Nations CSW. The information was well received and many African woman approached her later to ask how they can get this wonderful educational...

This was the title of a side event at the UN CSW.  If that doesn't prick your interest, it gets better.  Topic of discussion was "breaking the institutional barriers of cultural texts". The reconstructionist Rabbi, Alissa Wise,a Jewish feminist who has worked for planned parenthood,...

(back) Marcia Barlow, UFI President Mike Duff (front) UFI-Arizona President Brenda Sanders, Interns Heather Sanders, Joshua James, Shellie Baird...

The ambassador was formal and dignified as he welcomed me into his office.*  Not wanting to waste even a moment of such an important man’s time, I immediately presented him with our gift of UFI’s UN Negotiating Guide and proceeded to show him how to...

After arriving at the much-anticipated UN’s Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, the first day was, well…a little slow. The United Families team spent almost 9 hours (!!!) waiting to register for the event. Our joints screamed and muscles ached, only relieved...

Next week, the UN's Commission on the Status of Women will begin. What happens there will impact families the world over. Documents created by the United Nations create a lawmaking precedent that affect almost every country in the world. United Families International will have a...

Pornography is still a widely debated topic, but science is starting to take a side. Join us today on "Voice of the Nation" as Patrick Trueman, founder of pornharms.com, shares insights from his 34 years of experience in sex crime court cases and some of...

As media has become more accessible to us, the $57 billion world wide pornography industry has crept into our homes through TV, magazines and especially the Internet. Pornography addiction has become an ever increasing problem throughout the world. Over 40 million adults in the US regularly...

Tiger Woods spoke publicly today for the first time since the open revelation of his affairs. Tiger’s delivery was rather stoic and I’m sure many will doubt his motives or mock his words, but I’m grateful that he’s willing to apologize. He gave voice to the...

The Super Bowl commercials are generally known for their slapstick comedy, sexual content and talking animals.  2010 was different because amid all this, there were not one, but three commercials that promoted pro-life and pro-family messages. Of course there was the Tim Tebow commercial, which was...

Religious freedom is one of the most essential rights that a human being could be granted. It is the right to believe in what you choose to, to see the world the way you want to, without imposing it upon or harming those around you. All...

The worst nightmare for any parent is the thought of losing a child.  For Isaac and Rebecca May this nightmare has become a reality.  After complications with their son, Isaiah’s, birth the May family has experienced one trial after another.  For Isaiah’s grandmother and grandfather,...

By now you know that Tim Tebow, his mother Pam and Focus on the Family have created the biggest Super Bowl advertising controversy of all time. During Sunday’s game Tebow and his mom are going on a national stage to tell the story of how she...