|Hobbit Alliance Brings Triumph of Hope
By Elizabeth Lev
ROME, 9 APRIL 2009 (ZENIT)
It was an epic tale of triumph worthy of
J.R.R. Tolkien. The events at the U.N. Population and Development
Commission last week could have been taken straight out of his great
trilogy "The Lord of the Rings."
Last week, representatives from 47 countries gathered in New York for
the annual meeting of the commission on population and development of
the United Nations Economic and Social Council. In view of a world
population projected to hit 9 billion in 2050, the commission reviews
and assesses the Program of Action of the International Conference on
Population and Development approved by the United Nations in 1994.
Behind the optimistic façade of concern for the welfare of a burgeoning
population, a darker, most sinister agenda loomed. A new language was
insinuating itself amid the hopeful statements of the earlier U.N.
The main agenda item was "sexual and reproductive health and rights"
the terminology under which many NGOs and U.N. committees promote
and the codification of a language that would open the door to an array
of demands by homosexual activists.
Like the one ring forged by Sauron in the depths of Mount Doom, this
term revealed the master plan: "One Ring to rule them all" and to bring
them into darkness. Changing the word 'ring' to 'agency,' the specter of
the Dark Lord could be replaced by Planned Parenthood, one of the most
active NGOs at the meeting.
A prescient few saw the impending menace. Archbishop Celestino Migliore,
permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, noted that
"one cannot help but get the impression that populations are seen as the
hindrance to greater social and economic development." The prelate also
warned that the commission "is giving priority to population control and
getting the poor to accept these arrangements rather than primarily
focusing upon its commitments to addressing education, basic health
care, access to water, sanitation and employment."
But the armies of darkness were strong and seemed invincible. China,
Great Britain, Brazil, the Russian Federation, Spain and Germany could
be expected to promote this language. The United States, under a new
administration in thrall to the culture of death, would use all of its
might to advance the reign of Planned Parenthood. All seemed lost.
These international giants, the leaders in economy, development and
technology, were certain that no obstacle remained to their plan.
In the statement made by Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, the executive director of
the United Nations Population Fund, the plan was revealed. She invoked
the world financial crisis, and the subsequent difficulty in sustaining
programs to improve the health and education of the world's poor. “The
financial crisis was threatening to wipe out this hard-won progress."
But her solution was to ensure that "greater attention is paid to
population issues and more resources are devoted to women's empowerment
and reproductive health, including maternal health care and family
Translating this to the common tongue, her proposal is to teach women
that childbearing is dangerous and oppressive; therefore abortion is
healthy and liberating. Even the Evil Lord of Mordor never tried to pass
off his agenda of death and enslavement of the human race as something
"positive" and "empowering."
Obaid then reminded the commission that the Cairo conference had agreed
that "every person has the right to sexual and reproductive health," and
exhorted the commission "to keep the promise to ensure universal access
to reproductive health by 2015."
The great nations nodded and applauded, much like the ring wraiths whose
will had long been bound to that of their wicked overlord. The culture
of life braced itself to take another loss among the many it had already
Then help came from an unexpected quarter. Iran took the floor and
protested that the "right to sexual and reproductive health" could not
be substituted with "sexual and reproductive health and rights."
The Iranian delegate pointed out that this phrase had never been
included in any negotiated U.N. document before and urged the commission
to revert to previously agreed upon and carefully negotiated language
from the original 1994 Program of Action, which is understood not to
create any right to abortion.
Immediately four Catholic countries
Ireland, Peru, Chile and Poland
picked up Iran's call to strike the wording. It was an unusual alliance,
not unlike the dwarves and elves overcoming their differences to fight
the common enemy.
Although the Christian community and Iran find themselves opposed on
many issues, it was a heartening vision to see the diverse nations
cooperating in defense of alliance and dialogue through the culture of
But as in Tolkien's great adventure of the fellowship of the nine, it
was the smallest of all that saved the day. Like the four indomitable
hobbits of Tolkien's epic, the Holy See (a tiny 104-acre state), Comoros
(which I had to look up on Googlemaps
it's in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar) Santa Lucia and Malta all
joined the fellowship to break the stranglehold of the forces of evil.
These four hobbit-like states, whose collective national products
probably don't equal the operating budget for Planned Parenthood, spoke
loudly and convincingly. Malta decried the consistent attempts by the
commission to expand "reproductive health" to include abortion.
The delegate from Santa Lucia saw to the heart of the proposed wording
and stressed that her delegation understood that this provision did not
threaten the right of health care providers to refuse to perform or be
complicit in abortions as a matter of conscience.
As Galadrial said to the wavering Frodo, "even the smallest person can
change the course of the future."
At the last moment at the close of the meeting, the ring of power was
thrown back into the fires of Mount Doom from whence it came. "Sexual
and reproductive health and rights" was struck from the text.
In these days of imminent conscience coercion, massive government
funding of abortion and other gloomy signs on the horizon, this little
fellowship at the United Nations demonstrated what Tolkien's characters
whisper during the darkest hours and Pope Benedict XVI exclaims from
nation to nation: "There is still hope."