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World Congress of Families Calls Hungary's Pro-Life/Pro-Marriage Constitution -- A Triumph for Human Rights and the Family

by Staff
May 16, 2011

ROCKFORD, Ill., ( -- World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs called Hungary's new Constitution "a triumph for human rights and the family."

The Constitution, signed by Hungarian President Pal Schmitt late last month, states in Article 2 that "The life of the fetus will be protected from conception." It also defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Jacobs noted: "The Constitution's drafters were right to invoke St. Stephen, Hungary's patron saint. As King Stephen, it was he who firmly established Christianity in the nation This Constitution reflects the Judeo-Christian principles on which Western civilization is based, including the sanctity of life and the natural family."

The WCF Managing Director further observed that Hungary's new Constitution is in keeping with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which dictates that "the family in the fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State" and gives men and women "the right to marry and found a family."

With a fertility rate of only 1.4 (average number of children per woman) -- and a rate of 2.1 needed just to replace current population -- it's clearly in Hungary's national interest to protect the lives of all of its citizens, including unborn children. Every abortion brings Hungary that much closer to national extinction.

Jacobs urged the people of Hungary to "stand firm in their commitment to life and the family, in what's sure to be a relentless onslaught from the anti-family left -- European Union and United Nations bureaucrats, as well as the organized pro-abortion and homosexual 'rights' movements." Jacobs told the Hungarian people, "Justice, history and natural law are on your side."

World Congress of Families is sponsoring the first international conference to deal with the worldwide decline in birthrates, the "Moscow Demographic Summit: Family and the Future of Humankind," June 29-30. ( for more information.

The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 60 countries that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948). The WCF was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson and is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois. To date, there have been five World Congresses of Families - Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw, Poland (2007) and Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2009). World Congress of Families VI will be held in Madrid, Spain in May 25-27, 2012.

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