Letter to Archbishop Weisberger with Evidence

March 23, 2009

Archbishop Weisgerber
Archbishop of Winnipeg
President, CCCB
archbishop@archwinnipeg.ca

Your Grace,

From your letter on March 20, 2009, I understand that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is looking to clarify some troubling information concerning the Canadian Catholic Organization of Development & Peace (CCODP)’s funding activities of 5 pro-abortion groups.

Please allow me to provide you with some further disturbing information on pro-abortion groups in addition to the ones noted in the original news story by LifeSiteNews.com.   Below is only a sample listing of groups from South America and Africa (other groups from other continents were not selected for review) which are listed as CCODP “partners” in its regional program reports.  Each group either explicitly endorses abortion, and/or contraception, either by name or by its various euphemisms like “sexual and reproductive rights” or some derivation thereofPlease pay particular attention to the sample derived from Brazil.

I trust this information will be useful in helping you and your collaborators assess how Catholic sacrificial offerings are being spent abroad in the name of the Bishops of Canada, and indeed all Canadian Catholics.

I think I can speak for thousands of Catholics across this country when I say that we are very much looking forward to a just, measured, and swift response by the Catholic Bishops in response to these scandalous revelations.

In many ways these revelations speak for themselves, and the only thing really left to assess is the credibility each party in this matter wishes to retain, both in terms of the stewardship of our money and the seriousness in which we approach the issue of abortion.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

John Pacheco

p.s.  Please rest assured that more evidence will be forthcoming. 

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The following page outlines the support given by Development & Peace, the Canadian Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishop’s official aid and development arm, to pro-abortion and other anti-life groups and organizations. Immediately below each name you will see a link to a report on D&P’s website, listing the group as a “partner”.  The section after this link then reports on the group’s position on abortion, contraception, and/or some other anti-family program. The source of this information is provided from the group’s website or other credible sources, such as other pro-abortion groups.

D&P ABORTION SCANDAL INDEX PAGE

LATIN AMERICA

BOLIVIA

This is what Susana Inch Sainz, a pro-life lawyer and pro-life leader in La Paz, told the Register last week about CEPROSI: “During the 2004-2005 [legislative year], a strong pro-abortion law, under the name of ‘Sexual and Reproductive Rights’ was passed by Congress in Bolivia but finally vetoed by the then-President. In order to force the government to pass the law, several pro-abortion organizations in the country created the ‘Vigilant Round Table of Sexual and Reproductive Rights,’ as well as the ‘Regional Committees for Sexual of Reproductive Health,’ as a way to openly promote abortion at a grassroots level. The Centro de Promoción y Salud Integral, CEPROSI, was one of the most militant, radical and active in this process.” As well, CEPROSI currently is listed on the Internet as a Bolivian contact organization on the Feminist Majority Foundation’s GlobalFeminism network. The same website that lists CEPROSI as a GlobalFeminism contact has an entire section devoted to “Reproductive Rights” that contains extensive information regarding the promotion of abortion. (Source: National Catholic Register)

Material sourced from the CENPOSEP website: 

PREVENTION – We inform the population through formations, courses, workshops, seminars and others. The subjects of the workshops are:

  • First aid
  • More frequent diseases
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Attention of the woman
  • Basic cleansing and environment
  • Sun water disinfection with SODIS
  • Social analyze problems, like violence.
  • Leadership with sort perspective

(Source: CENPOSEP “APS – Primary Attention in Health” webpage)

We offer assistance in reproductive Health by supporting the women with services such as:

  • Prenatal Control

  • Help with the childbirth

  • Control childbirth before and afterwards

(Source: CENPOSEP “Community Health” webpage)

“Our health services are currently used by the population. From the medical departments, to the infirmary services, to the dental services, to the laboratory, to the childbirth and monitoring of new born. More then (sic) the preventive actions in sexual and reproductive health and the implementation of technologies like SODIS in the purification of water.” (Source: CENPOSEP “Health Area” webpage)

  • ECAM (Equipo de comunicación alternativa con las mujeres)

IR1: Effective advocacy for FP/RH # of countries in which government officials or NGOs conduct FP/RH advocacy events on their own as a result of POLICY assistance • Two NGOs in Tarija, Bolivia (ECAM and CCIMCAT) carry out advocacy activities on their own. ECAM activities designed to convince municipal officials to include activities and resources that promote women sexual and reproductive health in the Annual Operational Plan. CCIMCAT’s campaign was designed to call attention of municipal officials to the need to address the disease known as Chagas, because of its negative repercussions on reproductive functions. (SAR10) (Source: Policy I Project, p.10, PolicyProject.com)

BRAZIL

This is what they have to say about abortion:

“Além disso, contamos as milhares de mortes de mulheres, que acontecem pelo aborto clandestino, os números serão sempre contestados porque são justamente clandestino ou invisibilizado, sabe-se que são muitas. É por estes motivos que criminalizar as mulheres que praticam o aborto é um ato de absoluta injustiça e contra os Direito Humanos. Assim, a criação de uma CPI para investigar as práticas de aborto, por aqueles que deveriam garantir os direitos e a justiça no Brasil.” (Source

Translation: “Furthermore, there are thousands of deaths of women due to illegal abortions, the numbers of which will always be challenged because they are illegal or just invisible; it is known to be many.  It is for these reasons that to prosecute women who practice abortion is an act of absolute injustice and against human rights. Thus, the creation of a CPI to investigate the practice of abortion by those who should guarantee the rights and justice in Brazil (the majority are men), deserve our indignation and our repudiation.

This page on their website presents their position for the legalisation of abortion:

“5. Denunciar a criminalização das mulheres em sua luta pela autonomia e pelo direito a decidir sobre seus corpos e suas vidas na luta pela legalização do aborto.” (Source)

Translation” “5. Denounce the prosecution of women in their struggle for autonomy and the right to decide on their bodies and their lives in the fight for legalization of abortion.”

“O Estado brasileiro tem o dever e a responsabilidade de garantir às mulheres que precisam recorrer ao aborto que possam fazê-lo em condições adequadas à preservação da sua saúde e de sua vida. O SUS, sendo Sistema Público de Saúde, deve assegurar o acesso universal a estes direitos para todas as mulheres de todas as classes sociais.” (Source)

Translation: “The Brazilian state has the duty and responsibility to ensure that women have recourse to abortion that may do so under appropriate conditions to preserve their health and their lives. SUS, and the public health system should ensure universal access to these rights for all women of all social classes.”


 

NICARAGUA

“8 de Marzo Women’s Collective emerged in 1989 as a feminist, social-orientated, autonomous, non-profit organisation. Its mission is to fight for the equity between men and women, contributing to the personal and public autonomy of women in general and the victims of physical, sexual and emotial violence in particular. Its goal is to sensibilise and aware the women of District VI and the town of Matagalpa, Esquipulas. 8 de Marzo offers gynaecological, legal and psychological attention to the women victims of violence, promotes training on gender and estimulates their organisation. The activities of 8 de Marzo will be carried out around the following areas: coordination, administration, law, health and training on gender. It also has a theatre group and a network of female popular defenders. Colectivo 8 de Marzo provides attention to 12,000 women a year, offering legal and psychological support against violence, and also sexual and reproductive health services. It has formed groups of young people in communities to transmit knowledge on the subject of sexual and reproductive rights. It has strengthened feminist organization by means of “Casa de Base”, having seven houses at the community level. It coordinates actions with the feminist movement and governmental institutions. In Esquipulas they are members of the Inter-institutional Commission (police and local governments, health centers), the Commission Struggle Against Maternal Mortality, the Women Network of the North, and the Municipal Development Committee. In Managua, they coordinate together with the Women Autonomous Movement, the Inter-sector Youth and Adolescents Commission, Women Network Against Violence, and the Maternal Sexuality and Rights Forum.” (Source: Hivos.nl) 

The March 8th Women’s Collective was originally the largest of the three groups that were part of the inter-collective and is located in the 6 district of Managua. The Ocho de Marzo Women’s Collective officially started on May 13th 1989. Prior to that in 1988, a discussion was held with 70 women of district 6 of Managua in La Villa José Benito Esobar. They began training and reflection on the four issues: violence (mental and psychological), the domestic world, health, and menopause. With the aid of Magaly, a woman from the Women’s Collective of Matagalpa and four Italian women, they began to get the collective underway. They organized a commission of women for monthly meetings and began work with the local police with the goal of convincing them that the subject of violence should move more to the public sphere. By May 13th 1989 they had a house for their collective and they began to reflect more on feminism. Later that same year they began to offer services. They had a lawyer, a doctor, and a psychologist, and they formed the first group of popular defenders with 50 women from five barrios of district 6. These women received training on laws, the constitution, and violence as a public problem. From the popular defenders program, groups called “groups against violence” were formed to paint the doors of abusers homes with the words, “here lives an abuser of women.” In 1992, The March 8th Women’s Collective became a legal association. From 1992-1994, they have helped the Women’s House in Bocana de Paiwas. Four days each month, eight women from the collective travel to Bocana de Paiwas to do theater and training. They hold workshops on uterine and cervical cancer, menopause, contraception, and prevention of disease. When one approaches the center in Managua, a sign outside the collective reads the following, “Reflecting on our daily experiences as women permits us to value ourselves, to have self-esteem, and identify ourselves as women. We have created a space in which…” (13) Current projects include a reproductive health clinic, educational program, Domestic Violence Program, an Organizational team of leaders, a job training programs, sewing and beauty classes and the theater project. The theater group writes, produces, and puts on plays that cater to different audiences. Community participation is stressed in the selection of performance topics. They invite the audience to discuss the issues presented in the play after the show. They often do street theater. Issues addressed in the plays include but are not limited to teen pregnancy, maternal mortality, wife abuse, abortion, reproductive health, incest, marriage. (14) The actors work in Community education, at a shelter for battered women, and are a part of the National Feminist Committee. (Source: Capital for Communities.org)

HAITI

Fanm Deside has a pro-abortion stance. In their PowerPoint presentation located here at Slide 16, the presentation mentions having organized a day of reflection on the decriminalisation of abortion.

“In November 1997, Kay Fanm, a women’s rights organization in Haiti, held the International Tribunal Against Violence Against Haitian Women. During the tribunal, groups discussed the failure of the legislative, judicial and police bodies to adequately address the needs of victims of politically motivated gender-based violence. The Tribunal heard testimonies of victims of violence and noted the serious deficiencies in the judicial and police practices. The panel also recommended: reforms to the criminal justice system, including the establishment of a women’s police unit composed of female officers to receive complaints and conduct investigation on violence against women; modifications to judicial proceedings, including the provision of safeguards for plaintiffs and witnesses in trials; establishing shelters for women victims of violence; developing education programmes in schools to eliminate gender-stereotyping and to institute human rights education and sexual education; legalizing abortion in cases of rape, incest and danger to women’s health; amending the Civil Code to recognize common law marriage and introduce adultery as a motive for divorce.” (Source: Gender Profile of the Conflict in Haiti, p.6, WomenPeace.org)

PARAGUAY

Paraguay: 2nd Feminist Encounter – Feminism, Cultural change and social justice

“The Paraguayan Women’s Coordination (CMP) together with CLADEM Paraguay, CONAMURI, DECIDAMOS and CODEHUPY convoke to the 2nd Feminist Encounter in Paraguay that will be held from September 16 thru 18, 2005 in the city of San Bernardino. The central axis of this 2nd Encounter is “Feminism, Cultural Change and Social Justice”. The 1st Feminist Encounter in Paraguay was held in 2003 under the slogan “Looking at Paraguay with different eyes” and gathered 400 participants from diverse sectors. This event intends to be preparatory for the participation of the Paraguayan feminists in the 10th Latin American and Caribbean Feminist Encounter. The Feminist Encounter is a plural and diverse space of exchange and debate on feminism and its multiple connections with the social, political, economic and cultural life. It intends to privilege the debates and exchanges related to the central axis “Feminism, cultural change and social justice” and boost the critical analysis of the feminist ideas and proposals, as well as the relation of these with other currents of the social movement and social thought.” (Source: CLADEM)

PERU 

  • FEMOCCPALC (Federación de las mujeres organizadas en centrales de cocinas populares)
    Listed as a Partner of CCODP’s 2006-2011 South America Program, page 142
      

    “Finalmente, sumándose a las jornadas de trabajo efectuadas por mujeres de organizaciones de base en la ciudades de La Libertad, Arequipa y Lima, se realizaron los talleres Mejorando el acceso de las mujeres al aborto terapéutico en el Perú, con integrantes de OSB de Piura y de Lima (Federación de Mujeres Organizadas en Comedores Populares Autogestionarios de Lima y Callao– FEMOCCPALC), lográndose capacitar a un total de 178 mujeres se pronunciaron a favor de que el Estado garantice el derecho al aborto terapéutico y genere las condiciones para que éste sea accesible para aquellas mujeres que lo necesite.” (Source:  el vocero, de los DERECHOS SEXUALES y REPRODUCTIVOS, NUM. 4 / AÑO 2 FEBRERO 2008, p.8, www.aoe.org.pe),

Translation: “Finally, adding to the sessions worked by women in organizations base in the towns of La Libertad, Lima and Arequipa, the workshops were conducted improving women’s access to therapeutic abortion
in Peru
, with members of OSB Piura and Lima (Federation of Women Organizing Dining in kitchens Lima-Callao and FEMOCCPALC) trained a total of 178 women spoke in favor of the State to ensure
the right to therapeutic abortion and generate conditions to make it accessible to women who need it
.

MEXICO

TORONTO, March 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The official international development organization of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is funding groups in Mexico that are pressuring the Mexican government to legalize abortion, LifeSiteNews has learned. The five pro-abortion groups have received $170,000 in total this year from Development and Peace.  In an interview with LSN, the Director of International Programs for Development and Peace admitted that the issue of whether or not a group is pro-abortion is not a determining factor in funding. The money, donated through the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), is being given to at least five different pro-abortion groups, which the CCODP calls “partners”.  The groups support the legalization of abortion on demand throughout Mexico, call for the government to expedite and guarantee existing legal rights to abortion for rape and other reasons, and urge the distribution of contraceptives, including abortifacient “emergency contraception”. The CCODP “partners” verified by LifeSiteNews as abortion-promoting include the “Miguel Augustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center” ($24,000 Canadian Dollars in 2007-2008 year), the “Mexican Network for Action Regarding Free Trade” ($36,000 CAD), the “Center for Economic and Political Research for Community Action” ($40,000 CAD),  the “National Center for Social Communication” ($30,000 CAD), and the “All Rights for Everyone Network” ($40,000 CAD). Mexican pro-abortion groups will receive a total of $850,000 CAD for the period 2006-2011, if last year’s budget is representative of all five years in the CCODP five year plan.  The money will largely come from funds donated through “Share Lent” and other diocesan fundraising programs held by the Catholic bishops of Canada. When confronted with the fact that his organization is funding pro-abortion groups in Mexico, Gilio Brunelli, Director of International Programs at CCODP, admitted to LifeSiteNews that the organization has no policy of refusing funds to such groups, and that the CCODP does not thoroughly review the overall activities of groups that it supports. “The criterion is not pro-life or pro-abortion,” said Brunelli.  “If the piece of work they propose to us is something we want to support it is something that is within our parameters, if yes we support them, if not we don’t.” “We don’t have a policy for or against” abortion, he added. “So your organization doesn’t have any policy for or against abortion at all?” LifeSiteNews asked for clarification.  “No we don’t,” he responded, adding that such matters are “not our role. It’s the role of our bishops.” Three “partners” of the CCODP, the “Augustin Pro Juarez Center for Human Rights”, the “Mexican Network for Action Regarding Free Trade,” and the “Center for Economic and Political Research for Community Action” are signatories to the Report of Organizations of Civil Society on Economic, Social, Cultural, and Environmental Rights in Mexico, which openly advocates legalization of abortion on demand throughout the country, with 67 mostly positive references to the practice or its legalization (see document in Spanish at the United Nations’ “human rights” website: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cescr/docs/info-ngos/me…). The report states that it is “urgent and necessary that all federal entities advance towards broadening permission for legal abortion for the purpose of standardizing it throughout the country. Only in this way will the constitutional guarantee of equality before the law be a reality.”  Standardizing abortion laws in this way would make abortion on demand available for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy throughout Mexico, equalizing it with the law currently existing in Mexico City. It adds that “The Mexican government, secular and democratic, has the obligation to promote a legislative policy, congruent with its characteristics, founded on objective factors to attend to the health of women who want to interrupt an undesired pregnancy, who are put at risks in the clandestine conditions in which abortion is currently practiced.” The report also denounces sexual abstinence campaigns as an attempt to “limit the advance of sexual and reproductive rights” and demands that the government make contraception “available to all people, especially young people,” including “emergency contraception,” which terminates newly conceived life. Two partners, the “Miguel Augustin Pro Juarez Center for Human Rights” and the “National Center for Social Communication,” are signatories to the Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Mexico Elaborated by Organizations of Civil Society for Periodical Universal Examination, which also advocates abortion on demand throughout Mexico, “standardized” in accordance with Mexico City’s law (see document in Spanish at http://www.centroprodh.org.mx/Publicaciones/Informes/info_pd…). A final grant recipient, the “Network for All Rights for Everyone”, maintains a document detailing the “agenda” of the organization, which includes “putting into effect the right on women who are impregnated as a consequence of rape to interrupt their pregnancy” (see document in Spanish at http://www.redtdt.org.mx/wwwf/agenda/C_3.pdfThe Network’s membership includes the abortionist Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Center (also a  CCODP grant recipient), as well as the abortionist “Catholics for the Right to Decide,” an organization denounced by the Catholic Church’s leadership for misleading Catholics about the Church’s teaching on abortion, birth control, and sexual morality (see Network membership list in Spanish at http://www.redtdt.org.mx/wwwf/mexicodf.php). In addition to signing pro-abortion statements, at least three organizations funded by the CCODP display abortionist propaganda on their websites. The Miguel Augustin Pro Juarez Center posts the pro-abortion “Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Mexico” mentioned above.  The National Center for Social Communication also acts as a mouthpiece for pro-abortion groups such as “Catholics for the Right to Decide” distributing its press releases (see republication of press releases in Spanish at http://cencos.org/es/node/20336/). The Network for All Rights for Everyone maintains its pro-abortion Agenda on site as well. Although the CCODP portrays itself to the public as a charitable organization primarily devoted to supplying the material needs of the poor, LifeSiteNews has confirmed that its partners in Mexico are almost exclusively organizations devoted to leftist political causes.  Only $50,000 out of $438,000 CAD went last year to Mexico’s Caritas, which actually helps the poor with food and medical help. While Gilio Brunelli, Director of International Programs at CCODP, claimed that the CCODP does not specifically fund pro-abortion activities, he acknowledged that not all funding is targeted to specific activities or projects.  Although he claimed that the CCODP had “mechanisms” verifying that the money was not being used for pro-abortion activities, he did not elaborate on what they were. Asked about the fact that money is fungible and therefore can be used to free up other funds for pro-abortion activities, Brunelli acknowledged that “The money is always fungible,” adding that it is “not our responsibility” to avoid funding groups that could use the money for such purposes. LifeSiteNews only investigated the Mexican organizations that CCODP funds. Although it is not known if the Catholic aid organization also funds pro-abortion organizations in its many other recipient nations, it is at least now known that abortion support is not a factor in the CCODP funding decisions process.

Prevous LifeSiteNews coverage: Catholic Charity Development and Peace Lenten Calendar Links to Abortion Groups http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2006/mar/06030207.html | DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE INVITES ANTI-CATHOLIC, PRO-HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVIST TO SPEAK
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2003/mar/03030602.html | DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE DONATES THOUSANDS TO PRO-ABORTION CONFERENCE http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2001/apr/01043002.html

AFRICA

BENIN

The research and first drafts of the chapters were undertaken by the following organizations, lawyers, and magistrates: Maitre Félicienne Ayayi of the Association des femmes juristes
du Bénin (AFJB) for Benin
….(p.3)

“While maternal mortality is a serious health concern for African women, it is crucial that women’s reproductive health be viewed broadly to encompass an array of issues that assure the health of a woman’s reproductive system. This holistic understanding of reproductive health was embraced by the ICPD, which reaffirmed the “right of all couples and individ-uals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children.”28 Access to contraception and safe abortions; protection from and treatment for sexually trans-missible infections (STIs), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); and laws and policies which protect women from harmful tra-ditional practices and sexual violence, are all components ofreproductive health and are essential to any effort to reduce maternal mortality in the region.” (Source: WOMEN OF THE WORLD:LAWS AND POLICIES AFFECTING THEIR REPRODUCTIVE LIVES FRANCOPHONE AFRICA , p.17)

GUINEA

  • CONAG (Coalition nationale des femmes – Droits et citoyenneté)
    Listed as a Partner of CCODP’s 2006-2011 Africa Program, page 46
      

    The drafting and implementation of the Population and Reproductive Health Programme 2000-2010, whose various components are targeted on vulnerable groups such as women; in collaboration with the World Bank;• The establishment of the National Safe Motherhood Programme, whose overall target for 2010 is to reduce the country’s maternal and neonatal mortality rates by 50 per cent.(k) The new directions of national policy based on the “discussion” programme of 22 December 1985 have encouraged inter alia the establishment of various kinds of organization: NGOs, and local development associations, groups and cooperatives. Most of the women’s NGOs operate under the umbrella of the Coordinating Office of Guinean Women’s Non-Governmental Organizations (COFEG). COFEG provides a framework for debate and coordination and acts as a spokesperson vis-à-vis the Minister responsible for women’s questions in the conduct of activities for the advancement of women. The NGOs thus strengthen the national mechanism and carry its work into the field.Other groupings of voluntary organizations and NGOs help to consolidate the partnership for the implementation of programmes on gender equality and women’s empowerment: the Network of Women Ministers and Parliamentarians of Guinea (REFAMP/GUI), the Guinean Association of Women Leaders (AGUIFEL), the National Coalition of Guinea for Women’s Rights and Citizenship (CONAG/DCF), the Guinean Association of Women Entrepreneurs (AFEG), the Guinean Businesswomen’s Group (GFAG), etc.” (Source: REPLY TO THE UNITED NATIONS QUESTIONNAIRE ON THE MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS AND THE CHALLENGES ENCOUNTERED IN THE IMPLEMENTATTION OF THE BEIJING PLATFORM FOR ACTION, p.6)

    “The Uruguayan Congress notably passed the bill legalizing abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, in an antidemocratic move, President Tabaré Vazquez vetoed the bill against the opinion of his own political party and the majority of Uruguayans that favour legalization. Organizations and individuals have signed a letter asking the president to overturn his decision and “return the rights that the veto has violated to all Uruguayans”
    Signatures follow:
    … The AIDS Consortium – South Africa Corriente joven feminista – Nicaragua HIVOS – The Netherlands TAC – South Africa Canadian Crossroats International – Canada Womankind – United Kigdom Centro cooperativo – Guatemala WEDO – USA H. Boll Fundation – Germany Women Forum – Indonesia SAHA – South Africa Center for reproductive rights – USA FEW – South Africa CIUICUS – USA Ibhayi Living Centre – South Africa DAWN Caribean – Barbados Annouri – Nigeria CONAG –DCF – New (sic) Guinea Riseau Centre – Madagascar FIRE – Madagascar Sri Ratu – Indonesia Rpuk – Indonesia Red por los DS y DR – Mexico Foro de mujeres y políiticas de población – Mexico Colectivo “Graciela Hierro” – Mexico Ayuda Popular Noruega – Angola Cesvitem – Mozambique Raising Voices – Uganda Rayouwan Mata – Nigeria Federation Women´s and Family Planing – Poland Astraea Foundation – USA. (Source: Choike.org)

NIGERIA

“Unsafe abortions are a major cause of maternal deaths in Nigeria. Both the Human Rights Committee and the CEDAW Committee291 have expressed concerns about this link generally, and the CEDAW Committee has specifically expressed concern and issued recommendations about it in regard to Nigeria. Further information on the connection between lack of access to contraception, unsafe abortion, and maternal mortality can be found in the Section “Unsafe Abortion: A Major Contributor to the High Rate of Maternal Mortality in Nigeria.” (Source: BRoken PROMISES: HUMAN RIGHTS, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND MATERNAL DEATH IN NIGERIA, p.36, WARDC)

“Nigeria’s abortion law is among the most restrictive in the world, permitting abortion only to save the pregnant woman’s life. Even this limited exception is frequently unavailable. In Nigeria’s latest periodic report to the CEDAW Committee, which will be addressed this year (2008), the government emphasizes that it has “one of the only national reproductive health policies in sub- Saharan Africa that recognizes that women have a legal right to abortion in certain circumstances,”
but admits that “few or no public health services yet offer such services.” A majority of the abortions that are performed in Nigeria are unsafe, partly because of the nation’s restrictive legal context. Furthermore, the CEDAW Committee has noted the connection between lack of access to contraceptives, unsafe abortion, and maternal mortality, and has clearly stated that high maternal mortality and morbidity rates and lack of access to contraceptives constitute important indications of governmental failure to ensure women’s access to health care. The Committee has expressed concern about “the high rates of maternal mortality as a result of unsafe abortions,” and on this basis has urged Nigeria to “take measures to assess the impact of its abortion laws on women’s health.” (Ibid., p.50)

SENEGAL

The Réseau Siggil Jigéen in collaboration with Intrahealth and the financial support of the USAID present:

Instauration of the national coalition for the repositioning of the family planification

Besides RSJ, 25 other organizations work on reproduction health and join their forces to change things. Our goal is to increase the budget allocated in Family Planification. We also demand the instauration of a national FP Day. (Source)

.

TOGO

Sale and distribution of condoms

Sale and distribution of condoms

The condoms are ordered through the local PSI office, which delivers them to FAMME. There is

an agreement between the two institutions to ensure that the expiry date of the condoms is

beyond three months. FAMME has a system whereby an initial donation of condoms is made to

the peer educators (PEs), enabling them later on to obtain further supplies. Once the condoms

are supplied, the FAMME project management team makes packages according to the sites and

The condoms are ordered through the local PSI office, which delivers them to FAMME. There is

an agreement between the two institutions to ensure that the expiry date of the condoms is

beyond three months. FAMME has a system whereby an initial donation of condoms is made to

the peer educators (PEs), enabling them later on to obtain further supplies. Once the condoms

are supplied, the FAMME project management team makes packages according to the sites and

Sale and distribution of condoms

The condoms are ordered through the local PSI office, which delivers them to FAMME. There is an agreement between the two institutions to ensure that the expiry date of the condoms is beyond three months. FAMME has a system whereby an initial donation of condoms is made to the peer educators (PEs), enabling them later on to obtain further supplies. Once the condomsare supplied, the FAMME project management team makes packages according to the sites and number of peer educators at each site. The packages are then pre-positioned with the PE technical supervisors, who then supply the PEs they supervise. The condom price is marked up by about 50% as an incentive for the PEs and supervisors. This covers their transportation costs when they go to distribute them. For instance, the female condom is purchased at 60 FCFA with PSI and sold on the ground at 100 FCFA each. After they’ve sold the first lot of condoms, the PEs go for more supplies from the technical supervisors. The expiry date is checked during the supervision visits, and if the date has expired, the condoms are systematically withdrawn from circulation. (Source: Promising and Best Practices in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care for West and Central Africa, p.28-29)

The following page outlines the support given by Development & Peace, the Canadian Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishop’s official aid and development arm, to pro-abortion and other anti-life groups and organizations. Immediately below each name you will see a link to a report on D&P’s website, listing the group as a “partner”.  The section after this link then reports on the group’s position on abortion, contraception, and/or some other anti-family program. The source of this information is provided from the group’s website or other credible sources, such as other pro-abortion groups.

 

ASIA

PHILIPPINES

  • Freedom from Debt Coalition (website)
    Not listed as a Partner on CCODP’s Asia Program report but listed as a partner on their International Partners’ Asia page on their website

    Because of large unmet needs for modern contraception and related reproductive health services and education, half of the 3 million pregnancies occurring every year are reported as unplanned, with one-third ending up in abortion. Induced abortions are the fourth leading cause of maternal deaths in the Philippines. Access to reproductive health care hardly budged from 49 % in 2001 to 50.6 % in 2006, still far from the targeted increase to 60 % access by 2010 and 80 % by 2015. The slow decline is attributed to inadequate access to comprehensive reproductive health services by women, and also adolescents and men. (Source: Freedom from Debt Coalition website)

 

PAN-ASIATIC

4. Promote the basic right of the women to control their bodies and their brains, to control decisions relating to their life choices: education, employment, various activities, but also sexuality and child-bearing (right to contraception, choice to have a child, right of abortion…) — women’s bodies being the site for all sorts of oppression and violence.
5. Support theoretical reflection, starting from feminine experiences, in order to counter male domination in order to reinforce the perspectives of women on various questions affecting society, and in order to open new horizons for research and action. Women’s perspectives need to be cultivated particularly on matters of population (such as the population Conference in Cairo in 1994), or environment (as in the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992), where women demand the right to live in a healthy environment. (Source: LOCOA Website)

Ms. Jesmen blamed the government for not looking at these problems and suggested the need for evolving an alternative strategy of development. Among the group suggestions were: (i) development of small and cottage industries, (ii) correcting wage disparity, (iii) impetus to small business in various ways, (iv) imparting quality and skilled education, and (v) population control.  Other presentation of the other groups harped more or less on the same points. The question of population control, spread of education, land ownership in the hands of a few, lack of employment opportunities and growing inequality in society were emphasized by the other groups. The need for decentralization of political and economic power and a more important role for women in society were emphasized by the group leaders. (Source: LOCOA Website)


 

INDONESIA

The Jakarta chapter of the Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI Jakarta) presented the SK Trimurti Award last year to the secretary-general of the Indonesian Women’s Coalition (KPI) Masruchah in recognition of her excellent work and dedication to women’s empowerment. “Masruchah is consistent in her struggle to promote gender equality,” AJI Jakarta’s Dian Yuliastuti said during the ceremony. The award demonstrated that Masruchah with her determination and commitment has already done a great deal for gender equality, and is trying to do more….Amid all her activities, Masruchah still found time to write articles and even books. She is the editor of books on women’s reproductive rights and the empowerment of women’s reproductive health. She wrote Women, Religion and Reproductive Health in 1999. (Source: The Jakarta Post)


We began writing this Manual as part of our ongoing work as (activist/academic) on issues surrounding sexualities, sexual rights and women’s empowerment. The Manual is the outcome of a research and advocacy project on women’s non-normative sexualities by the Kartini Network on Women’s Studies in Asia. The sexuality programme is one among the five themes worked upon by the Kartini Network; the others are women’s studies, livelihood, fundamentalisms and violence. The aim of the Kartini network is to foster a closer collaboration between activists and researchers in Asia who are working on gender issues and for women’s empowerment. We maintain that such work ensures the critical relevance of research for women’s studies programmes, while activists strengthen strategies related to advocacy and legal reforms in a more informed way. The present phase of the research and advocacy project on women’s non-normative sexualities saw collaboration between activists and researchers from the two participating countries (India and Indonesia). The research phase focused on three categories of ‘abject’ women—divorced/widowed women, young urban lesbians and sex workers. Together, these categories helped us investigate the commonalities of non-normative sexualities. In the advocacy phase, the attention was geared not only towards developing tools in relation to the three categories of women researched into, but also to expose the workings of heteronormativity. Heteronormativity, as it is lived in India and Indonesia, as indeed elsewhere, not only excludes the marginal – those who live non-normative lives – but also restricts those inside the borders of normativity. The research was originally designed by Abha Bhaiya, Nursyahbani Katjasungkana and Saskia Wieringa. It was carried out by four member associations of the Kartini network — Jagori, the women’s documentation center in New Delhi, APIK (Association for Women’s Justice), KPI (Indonesian Women’s Coalition) and the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. The research process was guided by both the authors of this Manual, Abha Bhaiya and Saskia Wieringa, as well as by Irwan Hidayana from the University of Indonesia. Valuable inputs were also provided by Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, the Kartini network’s co-chair, who kept insisting on ever new ways to involve the activists more closely in the research process.(IIAV.nl, Manual on Sexual Rights & Sexual Empowerment, p.4)

This emphasis on male-bodied persons is also reflected by the lack of terminology for lesbian women and WSW within their own community and in the larger sexual minority community. In India, the one term that was being used in Gujarat and Rajasthan was ‘babu’. Though it is a generic term for lesbian women, a ‘babu’ usually is a ‘butch’ lesbian. However, in India too, with the growing visibility of women centered women, new terminology is gradually emerging—hamjinsi, hamsheera, sangini and so on. In Indonesia, the word ‘lesbi’ usually refers to activists fighting for sexual rights, such as in the KPI and Ardhanary (lesbian group in Indonesia). The older b/f community rather uses sentul/kantil or cowok/cewek, for male-and-female identifying WSW respectively. (See Annexure 5.2) (Ibid, p. 55)

 

EAST TIMOR

Civil society partnerships actively promoting gender equality, women and girls’ empowerment and reproductive rights. – Examples include  several NGOs such as Rede Feto, Judicial System Monitoring Programme (JSMP), PRADET Timor-LoroSae, Fokupers, Alola Foundation and Men Against Violence.  Rede Feto, established in 2000, is the umbrella organization representing 21 member organizations working towards gender equality.  It is the national women’s network and operates at all levels, from the grassroots level to the capital Dili. (Sourvce: UNPFA, Country Program Performance Summary, p. 30)

The Alola Foundation, along with the East Timorese Women’s Network or Rede Feto (an umbrella organisation for some 18 Timorese women’s organisations) made our deep concern at the lack of consultation with women’s civil society organisations known in a letter to the Prime Minister. As a result, the Prime Minister acknowledged the need to canvas public opinion and promote  debate on the two issues and tasked the Office for the Promotion of Equality to engage with the Alola Foundation and Rede Feto for this purpose. Alola then arranged to facilitate three information and discussion forums for civil society through June and July. The objective of these forums was to share information and explore the complex legal, social and moral aspects of abortion and prostitution in the Timorese context. Abortion and prostitution are still taboo issues in Timor-Leste and there is generally a dire lack of information and knowledge on either subject. The primary objective of the forums was therefore to provide a space for Timorese women to develop informed opinions on these subjects. The forums were both interesting and difficult, with many views being shared and discussed from different perspectives. The key recommendations to arise from the discussions were:  1) there should be exceptions to the criminalisation of abortion if a woman has suffered rape, incest or where there is a risk to her health; and 2) prostitution should not be criminalised, but further models for regulation should be explored by the government. There was also recognition of the need for data on the prevalence and effects of unsafe abortion in Timor-Leste and further research on the socio-economic aspects of prostitution. (Alola Foundation, Report to Friends, of Alola: Volume 2, Issue 3 Dec. 2005, p.10)

DILI, 18 March 2009 (IRIN) – A call for more lenient abortion legislation in this predominantly Catholic country is renewing friction between the Church and pro-abortion activists. A working group convened by Fokupers (“Communication Forum for Women from the East”), a local NGO supported by others such as the Alola Foundation, has been pushing for a softening of abortion laws. The issue was highlighted in Dili, the capital, at the second international Women for Peace Conference from 4 to 6 March. Maria Barreto, programme manager for advocacy at Fokupers, told attendees that abortion should be decriminalised in certain situations. “Abortion is one of the options that is appropriate when the mothers are victims of sexual violence. We are working to protect women. We should understand that we should give options to mothers based on their circumstances,” Barreto told IRIN.  Abortion is criminalised under a penal code dating back to the Indonesian occupation of 1975-1999. Fokupers is one of several NGOs pushing for the government to relax the law.  However, in early March, the Dili and Baucau diocese wrote to the Timor-Leste Council of Ministers, the political executive with the power to pass laws, requesting that abortion remain criminalised in all instances. The council later discussed a new penal code, including the proposal to soften the law on abortion. A decision has yet to be made. At the end of the conference, one of the recommendations put forward by the panel was that the new code should include three circumstances under which abortion is permissible: cases of incest, sexual abuse and if the mother or baby’s life is at risk. However, the move is fiercely opposed by the Catholic Church. About 95 percent of Timor-Leste’s 1.1-million population are Catholic. At the end of the conference, one of the recommendations put forward by the panel was that the new code should include three circumstances under which abortion is permissible: cases of incest, sexual abuse and if the mother or baby’s life is at risk. However, the move is fiercely opposed by the Catholic Church. About 95 percent of Timor-Leste’s 1.1-million population are Catholic. (Source: IRIN News)


 

CAMBODIA

Banteay Srei registered as a local non-government organisation (NGO) with the Cambodian Ministry of Interior in June 2000 and passed to full local management on 1st July 2000. Banteay Srei evolved out of the Australian NGO, International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) that had been working in Cambodia since 1989….(p.3)

BS held a three-day workshop for 79 CGCs & VGPs [48 women] on gender and reproductive health, misunderstandings about using contraceptives, counselling skills, prevention and reducing spread of HIV/AIDS, reproductive health rights, abortion law and using Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials on RH. After the training the participants reported it had clarified the misunderstandings of using contraceptives, increased their confidence in disseminating information about RH and better enabled them to send clear messages to village women and men. Following the training condoms were distributed free of charge by Banteay Srei, these condoms were then further distributed among the community by the VGPs. (Source: FOOD, SECURITY, AND NUTRITION, Annual Report, p.14)

Its attempt is not to generate honour for PLHIV but to engage them in HIV/AIDS educational campaigns as well as nationwide HIV/AIDS prevention,” rejected secretary general of HIV/AIDS Coordinating Committee (HACC) Dr. Kem Ley, evoking one meaningful question that “what would happen if a HIV-positive female sex worker, occupied with extreme animosity due to the social discrimination against her, decided to retaliate by not notifying her clients to use condoms during their sexual intercourse?” “If we take care of them, they, in return, take care of us,” he stressed. (Source: CHEC website) Note: HACC is also listed as a D&P Partner on the same program.

8 thoughts on “Letter to Archbishop Weisberger with Evidence

  1. Great piece of detective work.

    “Scandalous” doesn’t seem strong enough to describe what’s happening here.

    On March 29, I will take the CCODP envelope provided by my parish and write a big “zero” on it before dropping it into the collection basket. I will also write “no money for abortion”.

  2. Hard to believe that all this happened by accident. If you picked your partners randomly, I doubt you could end up with so many pro-aborts.

    CCODP is probably headed by lots of “Winnipeg Statement” types.

  3. Peace and all good.
    I am Kenyan.The issue of planded parentalhood or any other name given to such is given weight in Africa and more so Kenya due to poverty.My prayer is that all would be parents would realise that God provides for each soul created by Him.
    God did not creat sex for personal gratification but for us called to parenthood to co-operate with Him in ‘filling’ the world and each time we say yes to co-operating with Him we are saying yes to His contining work of salvation through God incarnate.

  4. I am outraged!!!! Why do I get the feeling this is just the tip of the iceberg!

    Weisberger’s letter was a disappointment. There was no assurance that during this ‘investigation’ they would try to freeze funds to these groups.

    God help us canadians.

    Monique

  5. The following is the President of D&P’s response to me, in response to my email to them of concern….

    Dear Anna,

    Thank you for sharing your concerns with me.

    I am writing to you today as the new President of Development and Peace to share some reflections on the events of the last two weeks. It has been alleged on some internet sites recently that Development and Peace has been funding pro-abortion groups in Mexico. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    Please read my latest statement about these events at the following link: http://www.devp.org/devpme/eng/pressroom/2009/comm2009-03-26-eng.html

    Yours in Christ,

    Pat Hogan
    President of National Council
    Development and Peace

    This was my reply…..

    Jeremiah 6:14 (New International Version)

    14 They dress the wound of my people
    as though it were not serious.
    ‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
    when there is no peace.

    Pat Hogan,

    Thank you for your reply. I am sure you will understand if I do not accept
    such a vague statement as “Nothing could be farther from the truth” without any detailed rebuttal of the accusations. I have read your statements. There was not a detailed response there either. Am I to believe that Lifesitenews just pulled this out of thin air? This was completely manufactured on their part? You do realize you have lost credibility, right? You’ll have to bother with specifics and proof… Lifesitenews has printed a number of very specific claims. Surely they can all be easliy debunked if they are not true.

    Since Development and Peace has not taken responsibility in this matter and admitted fault, I can no longer consider it a trustworthy organization. I am more shocked and scandalized at the lack of responsibilty in this matter
    than at the wrongly directed funds. This is an outrage!

    I will pray that the haze of confusion you are in will be pierced by the
    light of truth and that you will have the courage to stand up for it.

    Sincerely
    Anna

  6. In a world that is filled with corruption, we find it incredibly dissappointing to hear about a Catholic Organization supporting to terminate the unborn. Eventhough there are numerous fallen bishops and leaders, we must band together and stand up for the truth, the Holy truth. A big thank you to LifeSitenews for uncovering the evil.

  7. To Anna and, well, everybody else,
    Pretty strong words! Sounds like you’ve signed and sealed the condemnation of the CCODP, in the face of a contrary report by LifeSiteNews.

    Sadly, there is no shortage of “Catholics” who believe in abortion and are not afraid to tell everyone, or push their hypocrisy on others. DOES THE NAME PELOSI RING A BELL… Why wouldn’t the CCODP just do what other “Catholic” pro-baby murder supporters do, rub it in our faces, use our tax dollars to fund it, expect our support in the voting booth, and visit the Pope just to add salt to our wounds… This is not what the CCODP is doing. They are denying allegations.

    You people are crucifying a Catholic organization without absolute proof. You think words written by a newspaper are proof? Innocent until proven guilty!!

    The CCODP expresses prolife values and denies the allegations of the newspaper. Hmmm. Imagine, a newspaper getting the story wrong, or embellishing…whatever would they have to gain! And what would the CCODP have to gain by funding abortion and trying to cover it up? Please!

    Yes, someone IS lying, or has the story wrong. I for one choose to believe the statements submitted by Pat Hogan and Michael Casey. Of course I hope I’m right, for the obvious reasons. I’ll be the first to drop my support if the allegations are true. But I’d rather err on the side of caution in judging others.

    If, on the other hand, you’re wrong, that would mean your harsh judgments and “outrage” are, well, on your heads.

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