Catholic university students to lobby at U.N.

North American director of the World Youth Alliance (WYO), Cole Siemion made a visit to Ohio’s Franciscan University of Steubenville recently to share tactics with students who will lobby delegates at the United Nations this spring.

According to the University, Siemion “met with two dozen students who will travel to New York in March to lobby UN delegates at the event marking the tenth anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Women.”

The students, led by Dr. Brian Scarnecchia, chair of the University’s department of Humanities and Catholic Social Thought, will try and emphasize the Church’s teachings on the dignity of women and respect for all human life, specifically victims of abortion.

Siemion commented that the presence of the University students could have a great effect on the UN and that, “we have found that many delegates find it very refreshing to hear from a youthful presence.”

The University also noted that the WYO is “preparing a statement for the UN…that is in line with Catholic Church teachings on the dignity of women and respect for human life.”

They are also fighting for a complete ban on human cloning.

The students will travel to New York during the University’s spring break, March 7th through 11th.

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