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Constitutional Failure: The Judicial Assault on the Family in America

Visiting America in the 1830’s, the German traveller Francis J. Grund found a land characterized by “early marriage,” “the sanctity of the marriage vow,” “rapid increase of population,” and “domestic happiness.” Indeed, he saw “the domestic virtue of the Americans as the principle source of all their other qualities,” including democratic governance.

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The Fight for the Family as a Constitutional Issue in the Countries of Eastern Europe

At the end of the 1950s, the prematurely deceased Serbian poet Branko Miljković wrote the famous verses in which he asked himself “Will freedom itself sing as slaves have sung of it?”

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Protection of the Family and Family Values in Russian Constitutional Law

When in October 2015 the World Congress of Families adopted its World Family Declaration, it did so remind us of the fact that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State,” as proclaimed in Article 16(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is a truth echoed in many of the world’s national constitutions.

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A Family-Rights Based Constitution

Preamble: The three political theories of the Modern—Liberalism (in its broadest sense), Marxism, and Nazism—have led humanity to the condition of its current postmodernistic crisis...

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Special Report: Constitutions of the World

The following text is adapted from The World Family Declaration, an initiative of the World Congress of Families. Opening with the words “We the people of many lands and cultures,” the Declaration is grounded in Article 16(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” That language is echoed in 111 national constitutions, many of which repeat it verbatim. The examples below may give practical guidance to any involved in the monumental and important work of shaping a new constitution, but also will give the interested reader a better idea of what real constitutions around the world have to say on the topic of family.

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Special Report: The Geneva Declaration

As part of its ongoing mission to unite and equip leaders worldwide to promote the natural family, the International Organization for the Family is also the parent organization of the World Congress of Families, an international gathering of pro-family scholars, politicians, NGOs, and friends which has been ongoing now for over 20 years. To date, there have been thirteen meetings of the World Congress of Families, with the most recent having taken place in Verona, Italy, in 2019. The second Congress was held in Geneva in November of 1999. It was a significant meeting in many ways, not least of which was the publication of the Geneva Declaration. The Declaration is now over 20 years old, and yet, it was almost prescient in its treatment of topics that are still shaping public discourse around issues of family today. Its principles suggest the language that could be used and adapted for constitutional purposes.

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Order of the T

Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by Abigail Shrier

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Twisting the Knife

The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—or Being Denied—an Abortion by Diana Greene Foster

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New Research

In many countries around the world, the meaning of marriage has changed dramatically over the past decades. From being an important and even crucial component of a successful life, marriage is increas­ingly seen as one option among many. Nowhere is this more true than in Nordic countries like Sweden, in which most couples experience long cohabitation periods before marriage, and many forego it altogether. Nonetheless, important distinctions remain, and researchers from the University of Stockholm seek to better understand the relationship between couples’ intentions to marry, and whether those intentions become reality.

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The Decade in Review – and Why Our Children Are Suffering

January 9, 2020 The Topic: The Decade in Review—and Why Our Children Are SufferingThe News Story: How the Definition of an American Family Has ChangedThe New Research: Children in Broken Homes—Twenty More Years of ResearchThe News Story: How the Definition of an American Family Has Changed A year-end Wall Street Journal story focused on how “The transformation […]

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Freezing Eggs, Creating False Peace and Social Stratification

December 17, 2019 The Topic: Freezing Eggs, Creating False Peace and Social StratificationThe News Story: The Unexpected Freedom That Comes With Freezing Your EggsThe New Research: Freezing Eggs, Indulging in Utopian FantasiesThe News Story: The Unexpected Freedom That Comes With Freezing Your Eggs A recent New York Times story on the increasingly popular trend of egg-freezing argues […]

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Downplaying Divorce

December 3, 2019 The Topic: Downplaying DivorceThe News Story: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to Improve U.S. HealthThe New Research: Doctor’s Orders—Intact Parental Marriages for KidsThe News Story: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to improve U.S. health The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently issued a press release on new findings detailing how “adverse childhood […]

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