Friday, August 26, 2011
What forces are behind the RH bill? The public must know!
Posted today on CBCP for Life:
MANILA, August 26, 2011–A lawmaker interpellating the Senate sponsors of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill is on the right track by asking for the identities of the powerful lobbyists behind the controversial measure.
In a statement, Filipinos For Life (F4L) agreed with Sen. Vicente Sotto III on the need to unmask the foreign hand behind the RH bill.
Sotto had pointed out that one of the bill’s proponents, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the worldwide organization founded by known eugenicist Margaret Sanger.
F4L took exception to a statement by former partylist lawmaker Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel that “Only 3% of IPPF’s services worldwide are abortion-related.”
“That may be IPPF’s spin on its public identity, but the truth is Planned Parenthood is the largest single provider of abortions in the US,” said F4L.
“IPPF is a pro-choice organization. In the US, pro-choice is synonymous with pro-abortion.”
A check on the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s website shows the group openly offers abortion services.
“Thinking about abortion? Find a health center,” the website states.
“There are two kinds of abortion in the U.S. — in-clinic abortion and the abortion pill. Abortions are very common. In fact, more than 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old,” the website states.
F4L noted that a vocal supporter of the RH bill, with a long history of interfering in the national policies of different countries, is the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR).
On its website, WGNRR says it “places a particular focus on access to safe and legal abortion, access to contraceptives, sexual rights and the special unmet demands of young people.”
“Lawmakers should be wary of the language used in the RH bill. In international usage, the term ‘reproductive rights,’ as well as ‘reproductive health’ as publicly stated by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, includes access to abortion,” F4L added. (CBCP for Life)