As John reported in an earlier post, the Catholic Register is lamenting the possibility that the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), a social justice organization, might have its government funding cut. Boo hoo. This could have been a tragedy if CCIC was doing great work. As it turns out, they’re just another left-wing rag pushing abortion and contraception in the Global South.
A quick look at CCIC’s website yields tons of documents pushing for reproductive and sexual rights, as well as abortion and contraception. Go ahead and Google it for yourselves. I’ll just give you one example from a position paper or manifest entitled The Global Challenge to End Poverty and Injustice: A Canadian 10-Point Agenda.
As you flip through the document, guess which item is the #1 point? “Point 1: Promote Women’s Rights and Equality“. So how do they define this? Well, it would appear that contraception is an essential ingredient to saving women’s lives:
“The human rights of women include their right to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.”
Yet every year an estimated 200 million women who want to delay or avoid pregnancies are not using family planning. Further, if women who wanted effective contraception had access to it, one in three deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth could be avoided. (page 12)
That’s right. Fly across the Savannah dropping condoms from a chopper and you’ll save the world.
But they don’t stop there. They also identify abortion as a key ingredient to world prosperity because in places where they don’t have access to it, women are dropping like flies:
A key factor to women’s health is early access to sexual and reproductive services. Lack of these services can lead to high mortality rates among women and children; the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS, and increases in deaths, injuries and disabilities from unsafe abortions and poor birth spacing. (page 14)
This logic is very weak. If an unsafe abortion is dangerous, the solution is not to have an unsafe abortion. Imagine that you’re a psychiatrist counselling a person with suicidal tendencies and who’s thinking of shooting himself in the head. What would you tell the patient?
Choice A: Don’t fire the gun. Give it to me.
Choice B: Shoot your child instead.
Why do so many women allegedly die in developing countries because of complications from pregnancies or child birth? Answer: because their health care system is so lousy, that any complication can become life threatening. Heck, even an infection can kill you if you don’t have the anti-biotics. In a rich country like Canada, such deaths are virtually unheard of because we can treat these complications quickly and efficiently. The real solution to reducing maternal deaths is to improve health care in these countries, not to avoid pregnancies altogether. They’re throwing the baby out with the bathwater, literally!
But I digress.
The policy recommendations in this document also include the obligatory:
Guarantees of sexual and reproductive health and rights. (page 29)
So you see, this group is advancing the “Development and Peace” version of social justice. They do not deserve the sympathy of devout Catholics. There are much better development agencies out there.
Once again, the Catholic Register has picked a bad ally. I personally hope that the government cuts all its funding to CCIC. Good riddance.