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Topics: human dignity

UN – United in Opposing People



United in Opposing People As the Second World War drew to a close, the victorious allies met in San Francisco to discuss how to keep a peace that had been won at such a cost in blood and treasure . They drew up a charter for a new international organization that would prevent war, protect human rights, affirm the dignity and worth of the human person, and promote freedom around the world. Over the ensuing …

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The Population Research Institute works not only to end existing abuses against human dignity, but also to prevent such abuses from recurring. PRI works with policy makers and researchers to advance an enduring respect for every human life. The questions we ask today influence the policies made for tomorrow. By testifying before Congress, speaking at international conferences, posting on social media, educating young people, and writing academic articles, we at PRI infuse the population debate …

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Chinese Dissident Calls Population Control a “Horrible Crime Against the Chinese People”



This past Saturday, October 11, was the International Day of the Girl Child. In recognition of this day, Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng spoke against China’s population control program on a panel at the Heritage Foundation last Thursday. Speaking through a translator, Guangcheng called the one-child policy a “horrible crime against the Chinese people.” Blind from infancy, the human rights lawyer wore his signature dark glasses as well as a yellow ribbon pinned to his dark grey …

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Fortnight for Freedom



The third annual Fortnight for Freedom, instituted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in the face of intensifying anti-religious restrictions imposed by the United States government, is swiftly coming to a close. The Fortnight for Freedom, which takes place from June 21 through July 4, serves as a poignant reminder that the exercise of our first freedom is paramount for the well-being of our nation. The Fortnight has special importance this year. …

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Another U.N. Committee Runs Amuck



Believe it or not, the 10-member UN Committee Against Torture will spend the next two days, May 5-6, 2014, attacking the Catholic Church and its teachings. It’s not as if we haven’t been warned. Last January, the chairwoman of another UN committee, this one the Committee on the Rights of the Child, “demanded” that the Holy See change Catholic doctrine to accept gay marriage, abortion, contraception, etc., because the current position of the Church supposedly …

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“Better to be a Criminal in China than a Pregnant Mother”



The Chinese Ministry of State Security must have been asleep on the job. The email that appeared in my Inbox read: “It is better to be a criminal in China than a pregnant mother.” Now, I knew that women who get pregnant outside the state plan are often browbeaten or bullied into abortions and sterilizations. But, as my mysterious correspondent noted, there are a whole range of other punishments for violators, who are treated worse than …

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Open response to: “Overpopulation: Should America have a one-child policy?



Last Tuesday, the Washington Times published an article by Joseph Cotto entitled, “Overpopulation: Should America have a one-child policy?” Despite the provocative title, the article does not present a stimulating thought-experiment, but rather a series of half-truths and inconsistencies with dangerous implications. Because such half-truths have been at the ideological root of every forced abortion this century, we at Population Research Institute drew up a list of the claims made in the article—and countered them …

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We Have an Absolute Right to Health Privacy, but We Must Fight for It



Last week the Second International Patient Privacy Summit took place in Washington, D.C. Our part in this conference was to bring Catholic Church teaching to bear on the question of who effectively owns these health records. Do we have a natural law right to these records which are, after all, collections of intimate information about our very selves?

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