D&P Latin American Pro-Abortion Partners

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.



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)


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.”



  • CANTERA (website)
    Listed as a Partner on CCODP’s 2006-2011 Latin America Program, page 106  
  • In a collaborative effort with CANTERA, a Nicaraguan non-governmental organization, FHI helped develop materials for workshops on domestic violence, gender, and reproductive health that were then used in a series of four workshops attended by representatives from nongovernmental organizations in Haiti, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. (Source: Family Health International)

    CANTERA (Central America)

    In English the name of this organization is synonymous with “quarry,” meaning a rich or productive source. The work of CANTERA, which stands for Population Education and Communication Center, has indeed been a rich resource for the people it has served. This organization began its work on masculinity and gender with men in 1994. Since 1989 the organization has been a leader in popular education. It fuses gender relations and women’s personal experiences in its societal analyses. Nicaragua, where CANTERA is based, is a predominantly Catholic and male-dominated society.

    Two-hundred fifty men in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

    Through its workshops, CANTERA seeks to facilitate internal transformative processes by examining social attitudes, values, behaviors, and the social construction of masculinity using men’s own life stories as a starting point rather than theoretical frameworks. Ultimately, through introspection and the recognition of the contradictions and injustices related to gender roles, the program encourages men to generate their own proposals for specific change and to take responsibility for making these changes.
    (Source: Men and Reproductive Health Programs: Influencing Gender Norms, USAID, p.11)

  • COLECTIVO DE MUJERES 8 DE MARZO (The 8th of March Women’s Collective) 
    Listed as a Partner of CCODP’s 2006-2011 Latin America Program, page 106
  • “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)


    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.

    • Kay Famn (What Women!) (Website: www.kayfanm.info)
      Listed as a Partner of CCODP’s 2006-2011 Program, page 127
    • “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)


    • DEICIDAMOS (Website: www.decidamos.org.py/www)
      Listed as a Partner of CCODP’s 2006-2011 Latin America Program, page 136
    • 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)


    • FEMOCCPALC (Federación de las mujeres organizadas en centrales de cocinas populares)
      Listed as a Partner of CCODP’s 2006-2011 Latin 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


      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.

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