A global coalition opposing LGBT and abortion rights announced Monday that it was indefinitely delaying a planned summit in Moscow that local organizers had billed as the "'Olympics' of the international Pro-Life movement supporting the Natural Family."
The World Congress of Families, based in Rockford, Ill., initially appeared reluctant to change its plans in response to the invasion of Ukraine. But last week, one of the organization's major American partners, Concerned Women for America, had withdrawn from the meeting, out of a desire not to want to "appear to be giving aid and comfort to Vladimir Putin."
Several other organizations in the coalition told BuzzFeed that they are not participating either, though all cited reasons other than Ukraine. A spokesperson for the Family Research Council said it bowed out last summer because, "the workload of our expanded Marriage and Religion Research Institute did not allow us to participate this year." An Alliance Defending Freedom spokesperson hinted it pulled out over loss of confidence in the Moscow organizers for other reasons before the Crimean crisis began.
"After a site visit to Moscow and receiving additional information, we opted to withdraw entirely from the event and focus our resources and efforts elsewhere," said spokeswoman Kerri Kupec. "The Russian military's actions in Ukraine since that time have confirmed that we made the correct decision."
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