Marlowe's Shade

Monday, March 13, 2006

Planned Parenthood's Spring Offensive Against World Populations

Planned Parenthood has launched a new global campaign to counter the Bush administration's shift away from UN-style depopulation programs.

President George W. Bush's pro-life policy prohibiting the taxpayer funding of groups that perform or promote abortions in other nations is under fire again from abortion advocates. Now they have decided to create a new worldwide fund to promote supposedly "safe" abortions in nations where abortion is illegal.
On the first day President Bush took office in 2001, he reinstituted the Mexico City Policy first put in place by President Reagan and revoked by President Clinton. Bush later expanded the policy to ensure that no State Department monies were used to promote or perform abortions.

Since then, abortion advocates have bashed the policy because they have been denied the use of federal funds to lobby other nation's to change their pro-life laws.

Now, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has created a new fund meant to promote legalized abortion in countries, such as those in Africa and South America, where abortion is illegal.

I recently complained about our tax dollars funding depopulation but when I posted that I was unaware that a shake-up had already occurred.

It's good to see we've withdrawn our involvement on this insane policy when so many national populations are collapsing but the there is also legislation being introduced to return to the status quo:

Meanwhile, in the U.S., abortion advocates are also putting forward new legislation in Congress. Introduced by Democrat Rep. Betty McCollum and Republican Jim Ramstad, both Republicans, it would partially counteract Bush's executive order.

The bill, HR 4188, would spend $600 million next year on family planning efforts, including contraception and anti-AIDS activities, though the money could not be used to promote or perform abortions.

Members of the pro-abortion Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice support the effort and claim the money would reduce the number of abortions.

Rabbi Scott Sperling, director of the Union for Reform Judaism Mid-Atlantic Council, told the Cybercast News Service, "For over 40 years, the United States has included family planning services as part of the aid we provide in the developing world."

Earlier this year, Bush reduced the amount of money the U.S. spends on family planning by $79 million from the $436 million appropriated for 2006. His 2007 budget calls for only $357 million.

So did they not get the memo that the "population bomb" is a dud? Or do they see depopulation as a virtue in itself?
papijoe 8:20 AM