King's Student Takes On Abortion
Joshua Craddock Speaks at the United Nations, Organizes International Summit
NEW YORK, May 2, 2012—For many Christian college students in America, the study of economic and social policy is largely confined to the classroom. But every semester at The King’s College, students like Joshua Craddock (PPE ‘14, pictured left) prove that New York City is an exciting environment for ambitious Christians. Craddock’s passion for the pro-life movement led him to work at the United Nations, where he has organized an international pro-life summit for pro-life leaders.
Craddock’s involvement with the pro-life movement started when he was young. He first worked with an educational outreach program called “Justice For All,” which facilitates discussion on abortion at college campuses. During Colorado’s first ballot initiative campaign for life in 2008, Craddock began work with Personhood USA. His work included circulating petitions and collecting signatures for amendments that would define personhood as beginning at conception.
When asked why he is so passionate about the pro-life cause, Craddock said “The pro life movement is perhaps the single greatest global human rights movement today. It is for the 21st century what the anti-slavery movement was for the 19th century.”
Craddock’s passion for justice was not unnoticed for long. In August, Craddock’s involvement in the pro-life movement landed him a position working at the United Nations under Personhood USA’s New York office. His daily responsibilities include meeting with lobbyists and delegates from primarily Latin American countries, discussing issues of concern. He also attends conferences to stay up-to-date on the latest negotiations and developments.
More recently, Craddock was given a unique platform to express his views on life. He was invited to give a speech to the Commission on Population and Development on the demographics of population control. In his speech, Craddock argued that the world’s population is not unsustainable. “People,” he reasoned, “are not just consumers, but producers as well.” He also encouraged prioritizing adoption over abortion.
The King’s education has been a significant contributor to Craddock’s success at the United Nations. The heavy emphasis on politics, economics, and philosophy, Craddock said, has helped him develop the arguments he presents to diplomats and lobbyists. “In economics,” he said, “we learned that people are not just mouths to be fed. They have hands that can create.” Philosophy courses, Craddock said, helped him understand not just that humans carry dignity and value, but why they have dignity and what it means for respecting life.
While at the U.N., Craddock began organizing a two day summit to bring together dozens of pro-life leaders. He is now traveling to Lisbon, Portugal to attend the summit, called the Global Pro-Life Unity Summit. Leaders of pro-life organizations hailing from over 10 countries (including Ireland, Hungary, and Dominican Republic) will share their experiences and strategies for their pro-life movements.
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