The Iyc: More Harm Than Help To The Family

Beware of the government as guardian.

As the sun sets on the International Year of the Child, it seems appropriate to consider its effects on the attitudes of North Americans toward children and family. Christians have expressed varying opinions about the IYC: some have given it unrestrained praise, some have criticized it for advocating socialist policies, and others have viewed it as a chance to bring to the world’s attention the plight of today’s child. How, indeed, has the IYC affected our attitudes toward children?

The IYC’s overall purpose is to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child by focusing the world’s attention on the special needs of its children. This declaration specifies ten basic rights, among them the right to affection, love, and understanding; to adequate nutrition and medical care; to free education; and to be among the first to receive relief in times of disaster.

These purposes seem altogether commendable; however, the records of the IYC’s most fervent supporters, Planned Parenthood and the Population Crisis Committee, do not appear to be consistent with the goals of the IYC. For example, Planned Parenthood publishes and promotes numerous sex education materials and films that use questionable language and illustrations. Its literature encourages the “free expression of one’s sexuality,” even homosexuality. The organization has also pressured Congress to liberalize abortion laws. Likewise, the Population Crisis Committee supports research to advance technology concerning abortion. While one cannot hold an entire cause responsible for the foolish things some of its supporters do, these policies have made ...

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