Pro-Life Advocates Defeat Attempt to Insert Abortion "Rights" Into Protection of Refugee Children
Human Life International Coalition Delivers Life-Affirming Victory at First Post-Dobbs OAS General Assembly

Shenan J. Boquet
written by Tom Ciesielka
June 28, 2023
Contact: Tom Ciesielka, TC Public Relations,
Reproduced with Permission
Human Life International

(June 28, 2023 - Washington, DC) Human Life International's involvement at the Organization of American States (OAS) 53rd General Assembly has delivered a victory for pro-life at the first post-Dobbs gathering of the Western Hemisphere's 75-year-old governmental policy forum. Leading a coalition of life-affirming organizations, the global Human Life International neutralized multiple attempts to include abortion as a right in policy resolutions, most prominently, the Declaration on the Protection and Integration of Migrant and Refugee Children.

Luis Martinez, Human Life International's Director of the Mission to the Organization of American States, called the attempt to insert abortion into this move, which was intended to protect displaced children, "a serious example of bad faith and the operation of dishonest strategies." He shared how it was presented at the last minute as a procedural document without discussion, "when in reality it contained the most serious threat of the entire assembly to the lives of the preborn."

In addition to the elimination of abortion from the resolution addressing migrant and refugee children, Martinez listed the following positive achievements by the pro-life delegation at the 53rd OAS General Assembly:

"It is safe to say," noted Martinez, "that there was not a single significant advance of the liberal abortion agenda at this assembly."

"In the same week that marked the first anniversary of the United States Supreme Court Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade," Martinez exclaimed, "The Gospel of Life has triumphed at the Organization of American States."

Martinez leads the Coalition for Human Development, a Human Life International led group composed of 36 pro-life organizations from throughout the Americas, which holds membership in the assembly as a Civil Society Organization.

Along with Human Life International's Martinez, representatives of Coalition for Human Development organizations from the United States that attended the OAS 53rd General Assembly included And Then There Were None, Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network, Heartbeat International, Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), Vitae Foundation, Sacred Heart Institute, and Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The OAS is composed of the 35 independent nations of North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. Learn more the Organization of American States here [].

About Human Life International

Human Life International is the only US-based authority on global life issues, including abortion, contraception, and end-of-life concerns. Human Life International is engaged in providing aid, training, and advocacy around the world and is the largest global pro-life and family organization, active in more than 100 countries on six continents. Human Life International provides resources and education on life issues from a Catholic perspective, while providing assistance around the globe, and prepares those training for and those active in ministry to address these matters in their vocation. For more information, visit