by Squeaker and Paycheck
The latest inconvenient truth to be discovered about Free the Children is their close ties with a radical feminist group called Women’s Day Live (WDL). If you search WDL’s website, you quickly discover that the movers and shakers behind the organization and its supporters are a who’s who of the global abortion steamroller.
How deeply is Free the Children involved? We’ll find out in just a moment, but for now, let’s find out who makes up WDL.
WDL’s website lists the following groups as “select strategic & supporting organizations“:
- CARE, is a pre-eminent charity that works in 66 countries to fight poverty;
- Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) is an network of over 100 women’s organizations;
- The Women’s Funding Network, is an umbrella for 160 organizations that fund women’s solutions globally;
- Women for Women International provides the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability;
- The National Council of Women’s Organizations, 100 organizations, 20 million women members in America;
- The National Organization for Women, in 50 states in America;
- Equality Now, works for protection of women’s human rights around the world;
- Free the Children – Empowering Youth in 44 countries worldwide, et al;
- Save the Children – Lasting change for Children in the U.S. and 41 other countries;
- Initiate collaboration with World March of Women who marched in over 161 countries.
Note the triple emphasis on these groups: they’re select, strategic and supporting.
In fact, most if not all of the groups mentioned work to push for abortion and/or contraception or its well-known euphemism known as “reproductive justice”. Let’s take a sample of them and discuss!
1) National Organization for Women: You cannot get any more radically pro-abortion than NOW.
2) The Women’s Funding Network is, of course, concerned with “reproductive health and justice“. It does not take a very long stretch of the imagination to understand what this means in pro-abort speech.
3) CARE – Even the first group that is listed as “fighting poverty”, CARE, cites as a “key pillar of its work” “family planning” which means that …”a woman’s social, economic and physical status is inextricably linked to her ability to exercise her reproductive rights. As a rights-based organization, our programming and advocacy affirms and supports girls’ and women’s right to safe childbirth, reproductive self-determination and bodily integrity.”
4) Save the Children – Another child “cover group” which is embroiled with “family planning”.
And it goes on and on and on. Is there one group mentioned that is not pro-abortion? Not likely. Sadly, anything these days with the title “woman” in it that has anything to do with “international social development” and isn’t aligned with the “conservative” elements of the Catholic Church is almost certainly in on the “reproductive rights” racket.
And what do Free the Children and Craig Kielburger have to do with Women’s Day Live? Well, he’s listed as part of the advisory board of WDL in his capacity as co-founder of Free the Children.
So what does WDL directly support? Well, let’s read some of their important initiatives from their blog:
WDL supports Soon Young-Yoon initiative, current Chair of the NYC NGO CSW Committee, for ‘the UN to create a new model for a global event— anchored in five regional conferences, using the full power of new information technologies and social media to accomplish two goals:
- to“scale-up and speed-up” implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform for Action;
- and to strengthen communications infrastructures and skills of stakeholders, including youth and young women leaders, national machineries and UN bodies and interregional networking, for 2015 and beyond. (Source)
The two items in red are very disturbing.
Firstly, while the title of CEDAW appears laudable, this international treaty includes much more than banning unjust discrimination towards women. It also contains an aggressive pro-abortion policy thrust. That’s why the Vatican never ratified CEDAW. Here’s what the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Bishop Jean-Louis Tauran, had to say about it:
“Thus CEDAW, the Committee for the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which affirms women’s rights in matters of family planning(10), issued in February 1999 a General Recommendation(11) calling for laws condemning abortion as a crime to be amended by removing penalties against women;(12) the Recommendation also states that a State is bound to furnish reproductive health services even in cases where health officials are conscientiously opposed to this.(13)” (Source)
Moreover, the bishops of several countries have spoken out publicly against CEDAW. A quick search on Google reveals statements from Catholic bishops in Argentina, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Nicaragua and Colombia.
WDL doesn’t only support CEDAW. As noted above, they want to “scale-up and speed-up” implementation. Basically, Kielburger and WDL want CEDAW on steroids.
Secondly, the United Nations’ Beijing Platform for Action is also riddled with advocacy for “family planning”, “reproductive health” and lamentations over “unsafe abortions”. Some excerpts:
Counselling and access to sexual and reproductive health information and services for adolescents are still inadequate or lacking completely, and a young woman’s right to privacy, confidentiality, respect and informed consent is often not considered. Adolescent girls are both biologically and psychosocially more vulnerable than boys to sexual abuse, violence and prostitution, and to the consequences of unprotected and premature sexual relations. The trend towards early sexual experience, combined with a lack of information and services, increases the risk of unwanted and too early pregnancy, HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as unsafe abortions. (…)
Reproductive health therefore implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so. Implicit in this last condition are the right of men and women to be informed and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice, as well as other methods of their choice for regulation of fertility which are not against the law, and the right of access to appropriate health-care services that will enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth and provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant. (…)
Unsafe abortions threaten the lives of a large number of women, representing a grave public health problem as it is primarily the poorest and youngest who take the highest risk. Most of these deaths, health problems and injuries are preventable through improved access to adequate health-care services, including safe and effective family planning methods and emergency obstetric care, recognizing the right of women and men to be informed and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice, as well as other methods of their choice for regulation of fertility which are not against the law, and the right of access to appropriate health-care services that will enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth and provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant. (Source)
Notice how the two selections above have identical wording in which they distinguish between “family planning” and “other methods of their choice for regulation of fertility.” They both can’t be Natural Family Planning, can they? That would make for a strangely redundant sentence. What are these “other methods” that are contrasted with “family planning”?
What does this latest revelation tell us about Free the Children? If they don’t support abortion, as they claim, and if they only offer contraception at their Baraka clinic because they’re forced to by the government, then why have they volunteered to be a “select, strategic and supporting” partner of a radical group that calls for an acceleration and expansion of pro-abortion and pro-family planning laws and policies?
Catholic parents need to know, because something doesn’t add up.