HLI Joins Ruth Institute Signers in “Make the Family Great Again” Petition

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For Immediate release September 24, 2019

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Founder and President of the Ruth Institute, announced today an International pro-life organization, Human Life International, and an African bishop of the Roman Catholic Church are among the supporters of the Make the Family Great Again Petition, posted at Life Petitions.

Father Shenan J. Boquet, President of Human Life International said: “As one of the original signers, I’m pleased to support this important project. Thanks to the Commission on Unalienable Rights and the Make the Family Great Again Petition, we have an opportunity to put this administration firmly in the pro-life camp – in foreign as well as domestic policy.”

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, Bishop of Oyo, Nigeria, stated: “I believe the petition is important for Africans because love for life, children and the family define all Africans. Support for children, parenthood and family values give considerable balance to cultures and deeply affect people and life in Africa.”

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, President of the Ruth Institute said, “We are greatly encouraged by the international response to our Petition to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the newly organized Commission on Unalienable Rights to make families the focus of U.S. foreign policy.”

Dr. Morse explained: “Too often in the past, agencies like USAID, have lavished huge sums on population control efforts in developing nations, while giving embarrassingly small amounts to projects like clean water and maternal health, which is indicative of Washington’s misplaced priorities here. Since the Petition is addressed to a Commission Secretary Pompeo organized – chaired by pro-life Harvard Law Professor and former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Mary Ann Glendon — we can begin to challenge all of that.”

The Petition notes that:

  • Marriage and the family are universal institutions for the stability of society and the continuation of the human race.
  • Children need their mother and father.
  • Stable loving families provide the basis for strong societies, including thriving economies, national security and international peace.

Therefore, it calls on the Commission on Unalienable Rights to work for recognition of:

  • The right of every child to a relationship with his or her natural mother and father, excepting an unavoidable tragedy
  • The right of every person to know the identity of his or her biological parents
  • The right to life from conception to natural death, and
  • The right of families to educate their own children in their faith tradition and values, without being undermined by the state.

Signers representing pro-family groups outside the United States also include: Christine Vollmer (Latin American Alliance for the Family), Anne Kioko (African Organization for Families), Moira Chimombo (Sub-Sahara Family Enrichment, Malawi), Lech Kowalewski (Polish Federation of Pro-Life Movements), Christa Leonhard (Foundation for Family Values, Germany and the Swiss Foundation for the Family), Warwick and Allison Marsh (Dads4Kids, Australia),  Andrea Williams (Christian Concern, United Kingdom) and Levan Vasadez (Georgian Demographic Society XXI).


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About Deborah M. Piroch

Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Most recently she served as Director of PR for Human Life International.

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