The Left Seeks to Silence Pro-Life/Pro-Family Voices

When the left cannot convince their fellow citizens, they seek to silence them instead.

Pro-choice protesters in Wroclaw, Poland on October 3, 2016. Leftist groups recently attempted to silence C-Fam and label it as hate group for its traditional pro-life, pro-family views.

By Austin Ruse Published on April 10, 2017

WASHINGTON DC (C-Fam) Silencing your opponent. That is now the main response of the political left in America.

You have seen the footage of speakers on college campuses being shouted down. You have heard about the liberal professor attacked by students for defending a conservative professor. You have watched black-masked rioters smashing the windows of stores and burning cars.

We are told that views that may conflict with the liberal world-view are no more than violence and hate and therefore may be silenced.

In recent days, C-Fam has come under that kind of attack and I am deeply worried. (C-Fam is a New York and Washington DC-based research institute accredited with the UN Economic and Social Council and the Organization of American States.)

C-Fam’s Lisa Correnti was chosen as a public-sector delegate for the Trump Administration to the just-concluded UN Commission on the Status of Women. Almost immediately the left attacked us. They harassed the US State Department for choosing us. The campaign to silence our voice went global. It was covered by the New York Times and Reuters, along with various LGBT blogs and news-sites.

A few days ago, a group of leftwing Democrat Congressmen sent a letter to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley demanding that C-Fam never be chosen for another delegation and, ominously, that no other pro-life/pro-family group ever be chosen either.

We are told that views that may conflict with the liberal world-view are no more than violence and hate and therefore may be silenced.

The letter was circulated by Barbara Lee of Oakland, perhaps the hardest leftwing most ardently pro-abortion member of the US Congress. It was signed by, among others, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was forced to resign as head of the Democrat Party over the Wikileaks scandal.

The letter drags up various charges against C-Fam and against me personally and demonstrates a profound lack of due diligence and quite frankly, dishonesty. Let me give you a few examples.

They say C-Fam has “lauded Scott Lively, whose homophobic lobbying of the Ugandan parliament is largely seen as the genesis of the infamous ‘kill the gays’ bill…” This is simply a lie. As journalists, we have covered the lawsuit against Lively that was brought in federal court. That is all. I have also written a column critical of Lively.

They say that I support the freedom of individuals to seek treatment for unwanted same-sex attractions. This is true and I stand by that, but this has nothing to do with C-Fam. C-Fam has never taken a position on such therapy.

For the most part what the Congressmen and their allies on the radical left are doing is no more than name-calling and trying to silence their opponents for holding politically incorrect views.

In fact, C-Fam is a valued research institute that has advised dozens of nations over our twenty-year history. We have served on many delegations including long periods on the Holy See delegation to the UN. C-Fam personnel are among the most knowledgeable and respected experts on UN documents, international law, and human rights among those in the UN system who still hold traditional views on these matters.

We have come under attack from the left for two reasons. First, we take positions in defense of life, faith and family. Second, we have been highly effective in our twenty years in blocking an international right to abortion and a redefinition of abortion and the inclusion of “sexual orientation and gender identity” as a new category of nondiscrimination in international law. We take this position for a whole host of reasons. For instance, even experts cannot agree exactly who would qualify for this category.

In the end, we realize, when the left cannot convince their fellow citizens they seek to silence instead. Our hope is the Trump administration will not cave into them.


Originally appeared on C-Fam on April 7, 2017. Reprinted with permission.

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  • Christian Cowboy

    The left cannot be tolerant of anyone or anything other than their agenda.

  • eric

    I can’t get over the way the pro-life organizations are taking all this lying down. If people are out to kill other humans, they must be perpetrators of hate crimes and must be labeled as such and prosecuted as such. Some years ago, abortionists used anti-racketeering laws to silence pro-lifers. How is it that the pro-life side did not use those laws against the murder-racketeers. All we are doing is trying to save lives, just like life-savers at the beach, yet the people who profit from killing are apparently immune from prosecution for their crimes. They are clearly guilty of the hate crimes and of racketeering. Why are we doing nothing about it? Are beach life-savers guilty of hate crimes or racketeering? How about developing fireproof arguments on this matter, then using them?

    • Mary Petnel


    • honeybadger

      I too am sick of how appologetic pro lifeers are. This is the most horrific genocide in history. Why are we not treating it that way?

  • Mary Petnel

    These people are demonic – we must pray for their conversion but we must fight like crusaders. Our Lady of Fatima pray for us!

  • Mary Petnel

    Trump needs to pass an executive order protecting practicing Christians from life destroying law suits and persecution from the secular left. Then congress needs to pass a follow up law immediately!

  • eric

    Thanks Mary. It seems to me like a “no brainer” to use their weapons back against them, especially when there is no violence nor even hateful words involved. In my time at abortion clinic vigils, I have seen people with the most incredible expressions of hate on their faces, others who have literally foamed at the mouth, because they have no answer to the truth we speak. They really are possessed by demons – not all, of course, because most of them just can’t see any other way out of their problems. Some would rather kill their child than have it adopted, but it is the abortion businesses that are the driving force behind the attacks. From my service days, I learnt that the best form of defence is attack, and the only weapons we need are the right words aimed at the right places.
    God bless.

  • Rosemary Martin

    If we believe in Jesus we will be hated, Jesus told us that. This is prophecy.

  • glenbo

    What makes a woman’s pregnancy and whether or not she chooses to get pregnant or remain pregnant anyone’s business?
    What makes who one loves and/or marries anyone’s business?

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