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UN Teaming With Swedish Church To Convince Religious Leaders To Support Abortion

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), determined to push an abortion agenda, is teaming up with a pro-abortion church in Sweden to target religious leaders and convince them to support abortion, according to LifeNews.

The Church of Sweden, a Lutheran denomination, recently cohosted an event titled “Women, Faith and Human Rights” with UNFPA. The Church of Sweden, which supports same-sex marriage and legal abortion, has released a paper supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

Some excerpts from the Church of Sweden’s position paper:

Reproductive health is a state of physical, mental, and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system, at all stages of life. Good reproductive health implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so. Men and women should be in- formed about and have access to safe, effective, affordable, and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice, and the right to appropriate health-care services that enable women to safely go through pregnancy and childbirth … Sexual and reproductive health incorporates the right of an individual to take decisions regarding his or her own body, sexuality, cohabitation, maternal health and reproductive choices … Sexual and reproductive health care services include a variety of services that allow individuals and couples to enjoy a healthy sex life, uphold good personal hygiene, make conscious and safe choices on the number and spacing of children and deliver a healthy infant.

The Swedish conference featured Scottish professor Julie Clague, pressing, “Strong advocacy is required to press for change,” and Swedish Dominican sister Madeleine Fredell, who asserted that she does not need to accept all Church teachings, and criticized the Synod on the Family for not embracing homosexuality.

UNFPA has teamed with the pro-abortion group Catholics for Choice; in 2009, UNFPA met with Catholics in New York. Gladys Melo-Pinzon of Catholics for Choice told IPS, “It is important to invite religious leaders and faith-based organizations and other secular organizations and work together. It’s the only way.” She added, “We are challenging the wrong policies of the Catholic Church, which is misunderstanding the principles of compassion. We’re saying ‘you’re wrong! You’re wrong! … This is the 21st century and yet women are dying because they’re giving birth or trying to give birth.”

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