Mexico City Policy Is Not Pro-Life
Family Planning - An Exercise in Doublespeak
~ A Covenant News Special Report ~
George Orwell's "newspeak" and "doublethink" in his well-known book 1984 popularized the concept now commonly termed "doublespeak." Doublespeak is language chosen specifically to mislead, conceal and redefine -- not clarify -- and is twisted to designate the opposite of their true meanings. This use of language is a subtle and effective form of propaganda meant to misinform and re-orient people about certain issues and actions.
Our purpose here is to call attention to the "doublespeak" used to politically manipulate mass acceptance of and compliance to government-desired policies and laws dealing with the act of abortion. It is so subtle and effective that even people who should know better and be sounding the alarm are adopting it, guaranteeing their own defeat.
As we began reseaching several current federal policies and laws dealing with the funding of abortions in many other countries we were amazed to see how the federal steamroller exploits language in precisely the way Orwell predicted.
For example, let's look at the Mexico City Policy. Did you know that the Mexico City Policy contains a doublespeak loophole for granting funds to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as long as abortions performed, counseled, referred or lobbied for are not a part of their program "as a method of family planning"?
The current Mexico City Policy states, "To perform abortions means to operate a facility where abortions are performed as a method of family planning. Excluded from this definition are clinics or hospitals that do not include abortion in their family planning programs ." [e(10)(ii)] [emphasis may be added to quotes throughout]
Note: As you go through this information, please remember that there is NO period after the word "abortion" in these written policies. In addition, the doublespeak loophole applies only to those foreign NGOs which lobby, promote or perform "abortions as a method of family planning."
On January 22, 2001, President Bush issued a Memorandum directing the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) PDF format to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, requiring non-governmental organizations "to agree as a condition of their receipt of federal funds that such organizations would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations."
1 Bush did not sign an official Presidential Proclamation or Executive Order restoring the Mexico City Policy, as was reported by some of the press, but instead sent a memorandum to USAID. Why did Bush send a memo to USAID? Because one job of USAID is to receive grant applications from non-governmental organizations (NGO) attempting to get federal tax dollars to pay for their particular proposals or re-distribution plans, and then approve federal expenditures to those NGOs. (Scroll down to see more detailed information about how USAID redistributes billions in taxdollars around the world to NGOs and many other entities.)
2 The Mexico City Policy applies only to foreign, non-governmental organizations, which means the Mexico City Policy does not apply to organizations receiving federal funds to perform abortions in the United States.
3 The Mexico City Policy does not apply to foreign governments, or how foreign governments use US tax dollars to perform abortions.
4 The only requirement the Mexico City Policy places upon NGOs "as a condition of their receipt of federal funds" is that they "neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations." The Mexico City Policy does not stop the funding of abortion, it attempts to stop U.S. funds from being used by NGOs to lobby the world with family planning rhetoric. In the words of one lawmaker "we're not going to fund their printing presses." But, at the same time, the federal government funds organizations doing abortions in the United States all the time.
5 The devil's in the details. Interpretation, audit and enforcement are key. Ingar Brueggemann, the Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), representing its 150 FPAs (Family Planning Associations) in 182 countries worldwide reiterates that, "It is a principal position of IPPF policy that abortion is not a method of family planning." Lists available from their group were "compiled from documents of the International Planned Parenthood Federation; USAID; the World Bank; UNFPA; The International Projects Assistance League; International Women's Health Coalition; the Older Women's League; Population Action International; the Rockefeller Foundation; and the World Health Organization" maintaining that "reproductive health services should include: [list of 52 items including] Abortion-related Services, Management of complications, Post-abortion family planning, Improved sex education and family planning services where abortion is restricted, Abortion, and Family planning/methods."
The United States federal government gives billions of US tax dollars a year to fund overseas abortions. The tax-dollars go to the largest abortion providers in the world -- as long as they say "abortion is not a method of family planning."
The Covenant News is not the first one to notice and point out the "sneak-around loopholes" in the Mexico City Policy.
Read what Congressman Ron Paul, and other lawmakers had to say on the floor of the House of Representatives - March 26, 1998:
CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 1757, FOREIGN AFFAIRS REFORM AND RESTRUCTURING ACT OF 1998
Read what Concerned Women for America had to say:
The Paul Amendment A Pro-life Policy for Today June 23, 2000 -- While the "Mexico City Policy" would stop taxpayer funding from being spent to lobby foreign governments to liberalize their abortion laws, our tax dollars would still allow the exportation of some very anti-life philosophies. Under this policy, U.S. funds would still be used for:
- Organizations that perform surgical abortions
- Indiscriminate distribution of abortifacients (chemicals that cause abortions), such as the "morning after pill," Norplant, Depo-Provera and RU-486 (if it receives FDA approval).
- Fertility experiments on women, or intrauterine device (IUD) insertion, often without a woman’s consent or knowledge of the dangerous side effects.
- Advancement of Planned Parenthood-like models of sex education, that seek to socially re-engineer cultures by undermining family and religion.
- Massive and wasteful condom distribution to children and unmarried couples to the extent that many children in developing nations use condoms for balloons while doctors have no access to simple penicillin or anti-malarial medication.
What is the United States Agency for International Development? (USAID)
USAID website describes itself: "In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law and created by executive order USAID. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms." "USAID is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has field offices in many of the countries where they have programs." It "is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State."
Population Reduction Snake-Pit
"USAID's Population Program is one of the success stories in U.S. development assistance. Since the launch of the program in 1965, the percentage of couples in developing countries using contraception has risen from 10% to 50%, and the average number of children born to couples worldwide has dropped by a third."
"Since its inception in 1965, USAID's population program has been involved in all major innovations in international family planning. USAID has played a critical role in the development, evaluation or improvement of all modern methods
On January 22, 2001, President Bush issued a memorandum directing the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to reinstate the so-called "Mexico City Policy." This Agency has opposed its restoration and speaking at a forum put together by Planned Parenthood an uninformed adminstrator misstated known facts and explained why "we cannot accept the reimposition of the Mexico City policy."
This short memo of January 22, 2001 was followed a month later by another memorandum - CIB 01-03 (Contract Information Bulletin) outlining the specific language to be added to taxpayer $$ give-away agreements stating these "paragraphs are to be included in the standard provision for use in all new grants and cooperative agreements that provide assistance for family planning activities, except in certain circumstances discussed below. In addition, these paragraphs are to be included in the standard provision when any existing grant or cooperative agreement for family planning activities is amended to add new funding."
The restored policy text is put only in agreements approved for "new grants and cooperative agreements awarded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that provide assistance for family planning activities" or "applies only to the family planning component" of a multi-activity foreign NGO.
What's an NGO?
"A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level."
Groups At The Public Hog Trough
Including Development, Church, And Relief Groups Federal Taxpayer Funding
InterAction is "a diverse coalition of more than 165 US-based relief, development, environmental and refugee agencies working in more than 100 countries around the world. With headquarters in 25 states and grassroots chapters in many others, our coalition members receive support from tens of millions of Americans nationwide." "InterAction members work to expand the constituency on Capitol Hill, in the Executive Branch and among the American public for international humanitarian relief, refugee and development assistance programs. Members promote the broad interests of the InterAction community by influencing the budget, foreign aid authorization and appropriations legislation to provide increased funding for bilateral and multilateral development assistance programs."
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. - Matthew 6:24
The $34 Million Red Herring:
Increases International Family Planning to $480.5 million
Bush Holds Funds On Family Planning
By Amy Fagan / The Washington Times
The Bush administration said yesterday that it will not pay the $34 million Congress has earmarked for U.N. family-planning programs overseas, a population-control initiative that conservative groups say tolerates abortions and forces sterilizations in China. (But) Richard Boucher, State Department spokesman said the $34 million Congress appropriated in December 2001 will instead be spent through the U.S. Agency for International Development and noted that this will bring to $480.5 million the total spent by the United States this year on population programs worldwide. (Editor's note: This is the way it works folks. Both House and Senate Republicans compromised back in December 2001 by adding the $34m U.N. funding to the Foreign Appropriations Bill for fiscal-year 2002. When the Appropriations Bill passed, as planned, Bush froze the $34m U.N. funding in January 2002 to receive a "pro-life persona" projected by the secular media. And as we see now the plan was to give the additional $34m to International Family Planning all along. See who gets the money now: Population Reduction Snake-Pit)
Bush 'Stabbed Us In The Back'
Bush's Redirection of $34 Million From
UNFPA to USAID a 'Stab In The Back'
American Life League
"President Bush's recent decision to redirect $34 million in government funds from the United Nations' abortion coercion activities in China to USAID's abortifacient 'contraceptives' program is a purely political move with no consistency behind it," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League. Instead of redirecting funds to a worthier cause, the president chose to continue the UNFPA legacy by allocating the money to the USAID Child Survival and Health Program Fund. This fund includes money for "forecasting, purchasing, and supplying contraceptive commodities and other materials necessary for reproductive health programs." "These 'contraceptive commodities' are nothing but abortion-inducing chemicals that kill the very children that the fund claims to help," said Mrs. Brown. "President Bush made a good decision to deny the UNFPA American taxpayer money for forced abortions, but turned right around and stabbed us in the back by giving the $34 million to USAID."
White House Transfers UNFPA Funding To USAID
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2002 -- The Bush administration has cancelled the $34 million Congress had set aside for U.N. family-planning programs overseas, including population-control initiatives that include abortions and forced sterilizations in China. However, the White House nullified this positive step by shifting the funds to USAID, the United States foreign aid body, which has an equally black record of promoting anti-life policies. Pro-life concerns remain with the reallocation of $34 million to the agency's Child Survival and Health Program Fund, where the money will still be used for "family planning and reproductive health care activities."
Some Facts About USAID
Via LifeSite News
USAID Sponsored Sexual Ads Offend Malawi Religious Leaders
USAID Leaves $137M Unaccounted For In Population Report
USAID Supporting Forced Sterilization In Peru
Lawmakers Call for Investigation of
USAID Money Used for Forced Abortions
By Lawrence Morahan / CNSNews.com
Capitol Hill, 14 March, 2000 -- Citing evidence gathered by a leading watchdog of abuses of women, GOP lawmakers Tuesday called on the US Agency for International Development to investigate allegations the Peruvian government is using US aid money to force poor Peruvian women to undergo sterilization.
Foreign Appropriations Bill For Fiscal-Year 2002
On December 19, 2001, Congress approved the $15.4 billion [ by-group Funding Summary PDF. ] foreign appropriations bill, H.R. 2506, for fiscal-year 2002. On January 10, 2002, President Bush signed this bill into law, with $446.5 million for International Family Planning which represents an increase of $21.5 million over last year (which is now increased to $480.5 million). This makes the Republican-lead administration, with George W. Bush as its head, the biggest baby-murdering federal administration in U.S. history. The Republicans are killing more babies than the Democrats!
Bush said in his 2001 Mexico City Policy memo: "It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad."
Yet after making such a statement, for Bush to sign the Foreign Appropriations bill with $446.5 million for International Family Planning (and then increase it by $34 million), makes him a lying hypocrite at the expense of innocent lives -- which is something we will not forget on election day because it is sin to vote for abortion-murderers -- for the LORD hates hands that shed innocent blood.
Full Text H.R. 2506 FY 2002 Foreign Ops Bill: Final version #7
The Kenneth M. Ludden Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2002. (ENRolled Bill)
See How Your Congressman Voted to
Murder Children Throughout The World
House Roll Call For H.R. 2506
Dec. 19, 2001, the United States Congress passed a $15.4 Billion$ foreign aid bill for fiscal-year 2002, approved by VOICE VOTE in the Senate.
A YES vote approved the annual Foreign Ops give-away of taxpayer $dollars$ to the world for Family Planning and for hundreds of other incredulous activities in and for other countries.
Read who gets your tax dollars:
FY 2002 Foreign Operations Appropriations $Give-Away$ Summary of Recipients.
The primary area of our concern here is under the United States Agency For International Development (USAID).
One notable line:
"For necessary expenses to carry out the provisions of chapters 1 and 10 of part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, and title I of Public Law 106-570 $368,500,000 for family planning/reproductive health, including in areas where population growth threatens biodiversity or endangered species; and $120,000,000 for UNICEF:"
Read the Memorandum For All Contracting Officers And Negotiators of The United States Agency for International Development - Full Text Of The Mexico City Policy
Contract Information Bulletin 01-03
Voluntary Population Activities Restoration of Mexico Policy, Posted 02/16/2001, HTML, same text as final replacement CIB 01-08 PDF file. [a fast-reading, lots of white space & repetition 16-page .pdf]
Population Action International applauded Congress
for increasing Family Planning throughout the world.
PAI Applauds Congress As Foreign Aid Bill Passes
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Population Action International (PAI) today applauds Congress for passing the foreign operations appropriations bill, approving nearly $15.4 billion for international development assistance programs, including increased funding for family planning, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS programs. "Today Congress has taken an important step forward," said Amy Coen, President of PAI. The $446.5 million approved by Congress for international family planning represents an increase of $21.5 million over last year. This includes $34 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an increase of $9 million.
Congress Clears US$15 Billion in Foreign Aid After Abortion Wrangle
By Jim Lobe / OneWorld US
Friday December 21, 2001 -- After resolving a long-running battle over funding for population programs abroad, the United States Congress this week passed a US$15.4 billion foreign aid bill for fiscal-year 2002. The final bill, approved by voice vote in the Senate Thursday evening, was welcomed by church, health, and relief groups which fought for and won increases in development assistance over last year's levels despite Republican control of both the White House and the House of Representatives. "We think this is a good first step toward achieving a substantial increase in U.S. development assistance," said Shanta Bryant, a spokeswoman for InterAction, a coalition of 160 development, church, and relief groups. Supporters of family-planning and health programs won some US$446 million for population programs--a five percent increase over last year's total--including up to US$34 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) despite opposition from anti-abortion forces in the House of Representatives.
What is UNFPA?
UNITED NATIONS FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION
Does UNFPA Fund Abortion Activities?
UNFPA emphasizes women's issues in all its work, promoting reproductive and sexual health and rights... In collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP), UNFPA continued to provide assistance to enhance advocacy efforts for reproductive health and women's rights ... in 51 countries.
The UNFPA's External Relations and Liaison Branch (ERLB) is the link between the UNFPA and the United Nations. This branch of UNFPA works to "promote UNFPA as the lead agency on population and ICPD [International Conference on Population and Development] in the work of the United Nations -- mainly in the UN General Assembly and its committees, the ECOSOC [United Nations Economic and Social Council] and its functional commisions and in other sister agencies."
'Family Planning' Groups Spreading AIDS
in Africa with Depo Provera, New Study Warns
NEW YORK -- With its insistence on the use of injected contraceptives, health organizations pushing Depo Provera have been spreading AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in the developing world. A new study by the National Institutes of Health, University of North Carolina and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have found that the use of injected hormonal contraceptives increases the risk of STD's. From 1994-2000, USAID provided 41,967,200 units of Depo-Provera into the developing world, at a cost of over US $40 million. Even the Reuters newswire story included a sober note on the implications for foreign depopulation programmes in Africa.
Bush Betrays Pro-Life Cause Again,
Backs Federal Aid to Overseas Abortion Providers
By Chuck Baldwin / The Covenant News
Again and again, President G. W. Bush has betrayed the pro-life cause. The latest example is his push for $15 billion in U.S. tax dollars to be sent to Africa for A.I.D.S prevention. According to British sources, "President George W. Bush dismissed a bid by conservative Christians to restrict his $15 billion foreign initiative to fight A.I.D.S. to only those programs that reject abortion and promote abstinence." In other words, Bush proposes to send federal dollars to those organizations that promote abortion and promiscuity. The New York Times concurred with the British report by saying, "Ignoring objections from his conservative base, President Bush is to make a Rose Garden speech on Tuesday in support of a $15 billion bill to fight A.I.D.S. internationally that will direct some money to groups that promote abortion."
Review a Brief History in Republican Study Committee Report
January 24, 2001
U.S. Involvement in International Population Control and the History of the Mexico City Abortion Policy
Since 1965, USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development] has distributed over $6.6 billion to international population control programs.
See How Your Congressman Voted To Support The U.N. -- FY- 2001
Funding The U.N. With Your Tax Dollars
How your U.S. Representative voted to fund the pro-abortion U.N. A YES vote approved FY-2001 funding. The whole thing is the annual Foreign Ops give away of taxpayer $dollars to socialist/communist countries and the UNconstitutional support of the United Nations' organized criminal activities.
Editor's Note: This Special Report is Part One in our ongoing series the "Abortion Regulators." This page will become a permanent part of The Covenant News web site and will be updated regularly with new facts, figures, and voting records.
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