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17 / 04 / 2009 - Summit of the Americas: IPPF Takes Aim
The Fifth Summit of the Americas will take place in Port of Spain, Trinidad/Tobago from April 16-19, 2009 with many presidents and prime ministers attending from the 35 member nations of the Organization of American States (OAS). President Obama will speak during Friday's opening ceremonies and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will also be in attendance. The theme of the Summit is "Securing Our Citizens' Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability".
Pro-life advocates face well-orchestrated efforts by International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) and other pro-abortion organizations. IPPF is attempting to insert pro-abortion language into the Summit's Declaration of Commitment in order to advance access to legal abortion in pro-life countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. One of the specific terms IPPF seeks to inject is "sexual and reproductive health services"- a term which is acknowledged to include abortion services.
IPPF fully expects support from President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Clinton, while recently accepting the Margaret Sanger award from Planned Parenthood of America stated: "Yet we know that Margaret Sanger's work here in the United States and certainly across our globe is not done... I strongly support Planned Parenthood, and organizations that are on the front lines around the world."
The work that IPPF is promoting on the front lines at the Summit is detailed in a policy paper on the Summit, Reproductive Health as an Essential Component of Human Prosperity, IPPF states: "The new U.S. Administration, will likely support the regional trend toward a rights-based approach to RHR[reproductive health and rights].The consensus among PAHO, the WHO and other health institutions that RHR are essential to human prosperity, makes it clear that these should be at the heart of the Declaration that comes out of the Port of Spain meeting."
Marie Smith, Director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues states, "While the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton State Department support IPPF in all its abortion endeavors, and will fund it with hard earned taxpayer dollars, the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean are a long way from rejecting their cherished defense of the most basic human right, the right to life of the unborn child."
"No doubt the smiling faces of President Obama and Hillary Clinton will be in prominent display at the Summit but their support for IPPF and its plans for the region will result in the death of countless unborn children and untold grief, suffering and loss to women."
"The negative image of America will change from the "ugly American" to the "deadly American" if the pro-abortion efforts of the Obama administration and the international abortion agenda are even marginally successful."
Recent actions in the region, however, have shown the deep regard nations have for the right to life. An increasing number of the 31 states in Mexico are introducing constitutional protections for the unborn child following the legalization of abortion in the federal district of Mexico City. Even socialist President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua supported legislation to expand pro-life protection for unborn children and criticized international organizations which pressured Nicaragua to legalize abortion.
According to Smith, "These and other significant pro-life victories force IPPF and other abortion activists to disguise their efforts to advance an international right to abortion through the use of undefined terms including- reproductive health care, reproductive health, reproductive rights, sexual and reproductive health services, and reproductive health services.
"During the Summit, pro-life countries will also need to pay close attention to new strategies to advance abortion including the use of "integration of reproductive health" with primary health care or with HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. Pro-abortion organizations have been devising tactics and strategies on advancing abortion in a concerted, united way. Their efforts now have the personal support and financial backing from the highest levels in the United States government."
Smith adds, "The struggle for a culture of life has become more difficult and urgent than ever before. International pro-life efforts need to increase in order to protect the most endangered group on the planet today-unborn children."
Source: Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues - The Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PNCI) is a worldwide initiative that seeks to advance global respect and dignity for life through law and policy by networking with present and former members of democratically-elected legislatures.