Many people in the West believe that mass abortion is a Western invention. That is untrue. Abortion, as it is practiced today, was given its ominous introduction with the Communist revolution in the early twentieth century. Shortly after the Communists took power in Russia, they began their attack on the human family. In 1920, Russia’s law on abortion became one of the most barbaric in the world as Vladimir Lenin gave Russia divorce and abortion on demand. Since then, Russia and the world have been reaping the carnage of this hell-sent ideology. While political Communism no longer has the same political and economic infrastructure to attack the Church, its ideology has been successful in infiltrating Western culture and working within its socio-political institutions to undermine Catholic influence. Today, it merely operates under a different name and peddles the culture of death and its anti-Catholicism within a capitalist system.
Indeed, the connection between communism and socialism to abortion is an undeniable fact since both philosophies ultimately view man as a servant to the State instead of to God. Socialism ultimately seeks to eliminate any distinction between not only classes but people, gender, and behaviour. That is why Leftists oppose any kind of system which accentuates individuality and personal excellence. It is also the reason why they have no problem with same-sex unions or abortion. The acceptance of the former eliminates the unique nature of marriage while the promotion of the latter pushes the lie that men and women are the same. Contraception and abortion are ultimately the tools used to ensure that men and women are fundamentally and functionally the same.
In the 60’s, Marxist beliefs infiltrated many of the West’s institutions and structures, impacting almost every strata of society and even the Catholic Church. Today, that infiltration is almost complete as Marxism and socialist political, economic, and moral ideas continue to impact the Church at large. Development & Peace, for instance, has long been known for its Marxist and liberation theology sympathies. In fact, many of Development & Peace’s partners share the same Marxist philosophy that Development & Peace does. It’s no coincidence why, for instance, a good portion of their partners are also pro-abortion. I do not believe the management of Development & Peace funds organizations because they are pro-abort. They fund them because they are Marxist in orientation. The problem, however, is that Marxism and abortion are virtually synonymous, so it is hardly surprising that so many of Development & Peace’s partners are also involved in promoting abortion and attacking the Catholic Church in the Global South. For the management of Development & Peace, it is acceptable to turn a blind eye to the plight of the unborn and the attack on the Catholic Church in the Global South by their comrades, as long as the “worker” gets his fair share of that social justice pie.
The latest discovery of Development & Peace’s sponsorship of a pro-Marxist oriented group in the Global South is an organization calling itself the International Labour Research and Information Group which operates in South Africa. Their home page tells us a little bit about what they represent…
ILRIG is an NGO providing education, publications and research for the labour and social movements in South and Southern Africa. The main focus of our work is globalisation. Our work on globalisation is informed by the view that globalisation is not a heightened form of international integration but an attempt to restructure class relations so as to restore capitalist profitability. Globalisation is neither neutral nor inevitable. There is an alternative! ILRIG was founded in 1983. For many years we were linked to the sociology department of the University of Cape Town but since 2003 ILRIG is an independent Trust. Over the years we have built up a reputation for high-quality publications and education programmes which are accessible and useful to social movement activists and trade unionists. All our work stresses democratic participation and interaction and is geared towards building strong, active formations of the working class able to develop alternatives to the neo-liberal agenda. (Source)
From its February 2010 Newsletter, Workers World News (Issue 57), we learn more about their world view and their Socialist ideology….
The ANC government cannot bring itself to admit the class nature of the crisis – how it is rooted in the inequalities of the neoliberal capitalist system. As in the other spheres of life – health, housing, the environment, unemployment, etc – the working class is expected to believe that things eventually will improve. We are told by the Minister that, “There is an acknowledgement of obvious weaknesses that act as barriers to the performance of our learners”. (p.1)
The government’s neoliberal policy framework has only exacerbated the inequalities and lack of quality education for working class people. Under this policy there is no redistribution from the rich to finance more classes and teachers for the poor. Instead, working class people paying school fees, having to buy their own books and being squashed into overcrowded classrooms can be contrasted with the rich and ex-model C schools where parents can afford to pay, where there are libraries and sports equipment, where classes are smaller and where schools can even attract more teachers. This two-tier system mirrors the class inequalities of capitalism. The current global capitalist crisis will lead to a worsening of education. Already provincial education budgets have been cut. Rural schools, underfunded by the government, have also been hit hard by companies cutting their ‘social responsibility budgets. (p.1)
And abortion? Is that included in their advocacy and ideology? Of course it is! It’s all wrapped up in the usurpation of the social order with a radical feminism leading the way…
More experienced women activists are taking their struggle one step further – committing to feminist principles and forming networks for education. In this vein there are some emerging alternatives and signs of a feminist revival – including a consultative processes around the creation of a South African Feminist Forum, a radical feminist working class women’s network formed by grassroots activists; accompanied by a network of feminist political educators to support this work. Women-only spaces that focus on understanding the personal as political and centering the fight against patriarchy are critical. Anti-sexist men have a positive role to play in the struggle for women’s human rights, but they are certainly not in the majority. It is time to reclaim women’s spaces and re-politicize our movements with feminist politics. We can only do this if we put back onto the table, the fact that this is about power…Gender is about men and women, and the unequal power relations between them. (p.7)
Inclusion, advocacy and lobbying
The National Gender Machinery and NGOs involved in advocacy and lobbying work aim to increase the number of women in state structures and/ or campaigning to strengthen existing legislation affecting women’s rights (for example the GAP 50/50 campaign). This is reformist because they fight for dispensation for women within the neoliberal capitalist framework but do not challenge it. Whilst this might result in relatively progressive laws the reform they advocate for are not connected to the struggles of working class women nor are they part of a revolutionary project. The campaign actions tend to focus on legal reform and redress (e.g. lobbying for a more progressive Sexual Offences Bill). Both groups tend to be apolitical and not directed towards challenging the patriarchal state or transforming society. In addition, the gains tend to be on issues where women are addressed as a group (e.g. abortion rights) rather than ones which challenge gender relations and male power and control over resources (e.g. land rights).
So why would a revolutionary movement be any better than a reformist movement?
Working for reforms without a revolutionary agenda is reformist. Reformist reforms do not aid mobilisation for revolution. They are fought for by elite groups without broad based mobilisation that could take on other issues plus they are often easily accessed by those fighting for them so there is no incentive to continue to fight for access or additional concessions. There seems to be a number of reformist reforms:
First, reforms which provide legislative rights but with limited or no access – for example, a law which provides for legal abortions but where there is only access for those who can afford it is not revolutionary. Second, reforms that ask concessions from the state but does not change the way the state handles a situation – for example a moratorium on evictions which halts struggle momentum and does not change the way the state deals with evictions is not revolutionary….But revolutionary reform will not in itself lead to revolution. The broader revolutionary project is based on a series of actions that lead to the transformation of society – and in the case of feminist struggle the forging of a society free from institutionalised sexism. A revolution is not a moment in time but a series of moments which win practical and strategic battles. Revolutionary action includes all attempts to change the institutional set-up of society (which could include both changing the state’s relationship with working class people or the abolishment of the state). (Source)
The reader should also be aware that their support for “reproductive rights” is not merely a passive position that is merely incidental to their mission. On the contrary, ILRIG’s representatives are actively involved in the pro-abortion juggernaut that is destroying human life…
Readers should also be aware of the few organizations that give support to ILRIG:
ILRIG’s Supporters / Partners
ILRIG is grateful for the support it has received from:
- Fund for Co-operation and Development (FOS), Belgium
- Steelworkers’ Humanity Fund (SHF), Canada
- Canadian Catholic Organisation for Development and Peace
- Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst e.V. (EED), Germany
- Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany
- Canadian Autoworkers (CAW)
- Freres Des Homme of Luxembourg
Why is this important to know? Because the fewer groups involved in funding ILRIG, the more their advocacy is directly attributable in absolute and relative dollar terms to each partner. In other words, D&P’s fraudulent excuse of funding “projects” not groups is vapid.
As I have pointed out already, it will not be possible for the Canadian Bishops to cherry pick the abortion issue in cleaning up Development & Peace. To remove abortion and the “reproductive rights” gig basically means taking out all of Development & Peace’s Marxist partners as well. Because you can’t have a true Marxist without abortion. So what does this mean? It means that Development & Peace, as it is currently constituted, is finished IF the bishops are serious about cleaning up Development & Peace. Let’s pray that they have the courage and fidelity to do it.
ILRIG represents Development & Peace’s 43rd partner involved in pro-abort, pro-contraception, and/or other anti-Catholic activity. As of this writing, most bishops of Canada continue to support Development & Peace and continue to send the management of Development & Peace Catholic offerings for their sponsorship of these pro-abort groups.