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Yes. You read that right. Kiddie Condoms available now! And it gets better—they are called “Hotshots.” Let’s set aside the blatant promotion of adolescent sex and the reinforcement of stereotypes of male sexuality in the name and examine the logic here. Hotshots are extra-small condoms designed specifically for boys...

The British House of Commons recently passed a new mandatory sexual education bill that would require all schools—public, private, and religious—to include “non-judgmental” information on homosexuality, contraception, and abortion in their sex-ed courses. According to proponent’s of the bill, the new legislation does not violate...

With the passage of Obama’s Healthcare Bill comes what some are calling “the greatest expansion of elective abortion since Roe v. Wade.” Although Bart Stupak and other supposed “pro-life democrats” want the public to believe that a Presidential Executive Order will save unborn lives...

After attending CSW in New York this month, imagine my surprise to see the headline “Third World Women Don't Want Contraceptives, Expert Tells Canadian Politicians.” I honestly did a double take. After hearing for two weeks how contraceptives are the only solution to maternal mortality it was...

Just as Gilbert, Arizona draws near to a resolution on its anti-religious city code, similar tensions flare in Rancho Cucamonga, California (the second time this year). On Tuesday, the city informed the Shiloh Tabernacle to either cease its household meetings entirely or acquire an expensive permit,...

Baby Isaiah James May passed away in his parents’ arms on March 11 after deciding to take him off of life-support.  The decision was made after more doctors had studied Baby Isaiah and concluded that he would never recover. The Mays are dear people that willingly...

After two weeks of intense work in the halls of the United Nations our UFI delegation has returned home. Although we are a bit beaten and bruised, our efforts helped ensure that the policies coming out of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)...

Gilbert, Arizona, officials have shut down the private, in-home meetings of the Oasis of Truth Church. Pastor Joe Sutherland received a cease-and-desist letter with a 10-day warning to stop the meetings, even though no neighbors have complained. The congregation, which met in the pastor’s home,...

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...