the Campaign sent a letter to the UN Secretary General and other heads
of UN agencies requesting that the United Nations recognize September 28
as an official UN Global Day of Access for Safe & Legal Abortion.
The Campaign Statement in Celebration of International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2016 begins by equating legal protections against abortion with slavery stating, "To force women to have children they do not wish to have, however, is a form of slavery and of violence against women". The
campaign expresses frustration at the lack of progress on attempts to
broaden legal access to abortion and suggests a radical action to force
boycott of sex has not yet been used to demand universal access to safe
abortion, but it is always possible. It might be assumed that, given
the choice, most heterosexual men would support access to safe
contraception and abortion over the refusal of sex, especially in the
longer term although this is an untested assumption."
NGOs in the Campaign, including PPFA, IPPF, Ipas, Marie Stopes
International, International Women's Health Coalition, Pathfinder, ACLU,
and Catholics for Choice, express frustration at the lack of change in
abortion laws stating that "countries where abortion is legally
restricted are dragging their feet or even going backwards when
right-wing parties have taken control of government".
activists have long been stymied by religious belief in the sanctity of
life which forms an often impenetrable defensive barricade against the
legalization of abortion, especially in developing countries where
religion has the greatest influence. In 2009, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, then UNFPA Executive Director, voiced her frustration about religion during a speech in Oslo:
believe that religion is the final frontier in our work to promote
human rights, including the rights of women and the right to sexual and
reproductive health. I firmly believe that including faith-based
organizations and progressive religious leaders in our circle of
partners will generate greater progress, even in dealing with what is
considered taboos such as sexual orientation, gender identity, abortion
or sex work."
Campaign Statement bemoans the fact that religious leaders are still
able to influence laws and policies; it explains efforts to increase
access to abortion:
as soon as a government takes steps to alleviate this situation through
proposals for law reform, even minimal ones that will affect only a
small number of women, or proposes guidelines for implementing their
current laws less restrictively, a brigade of conservative religious and
others comes on the scene and seeks to block change. The pressure
behind the scenes from conservative religious and right-wing parties is
often enormous. Governments become timid..."
The statement is also filled with outrageous charges including, "We
are beginning to see support for the criminalisation of women who have
had a miscarriage or a stillbirth, that is, any pregnancy that does not
result in a living child. This is an appalling new form of blame."
special venom laced with lies is directed at the pro-life movement; a
movement that is filled with individuals who selflessly help women
facing unexpected pregnancies with love, compassion and practical
resources and who are known to care equally for and help children after
anti-abortion movement has changed a great deal over the past decades.
From a movement that used to try and convince everyone that abortion was
wrong, they have morphed into a group who want to convince people that a
fertilised egg has more value and more right to protection than a
living person. They talk about vulnerability, but they never call for
nor put their considerable energy or resources into improving the lives
of living children, millions of whom have very precarious lives and are
very vulnerable indeed. Moreover, they completely discount women's
deaths and suffering from unsafe abortion. Nonetheless, in spite of
decades of trying, they have failed to convince anyone that making
abortion illegal will stop abortion.
happens in women's bodies, not in the disembodied womb they portray.
They appear not to care about the deaths of women from unsafe abortions,
which inevitably lead to the deaths of fertilised eggs, embryos and
fetuses as well. Their language often reads like a declaration of holy
war against women. Their slogans, calling for protection of the
so-called "unborn", are actually a call to force women to become mothers
at the whim of their own biology...How do they seek to achieve their
aims? They work for the criminalisation of women who have had abortions,
that is, to make up to one in three women in the world a criminal, and
they imprison women who are poor and have no recourse to private doctors
or legal advice. They reserve particular hatred for those who help
women to have safe abortions - murdering them or destroying clinics in
the USA, for example..."
intensity of contempt for the pro-life movement around the world voiced
by the Campaign needs to be understood and appreciated not only for its
voracious pro-abortion views that present lies as truth but for the
potential future influence of the organizations, especially on the next
president of the United States.
In March of 2009, during her first months as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton addressed the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Awards Gala
and spoke of her vision for the world which included making it more
"progressive", code word for laws allowing broad access to abortion:
is a moment of such great peril and promise for America. At the end of
the next four years, I hope that we'll be able to look around the world
and see that it is more peaceful, more prosperous, more progressive, and
that, in particular, women's voices will be heard at every place where
important decisions are made, and that organizations like Planned
Parenthood will be our partners. I know that this is a mission that
you're more than ready to take on. Thank you all very, very much."
positioning of Planned Parenthood as a key US partner globally, along
with other organizations in the International Campaign for Women's Right
to Safe Abortion, and the potential enabling of their pro-abortion
activism by the next president of the US requires contemplation and soul
searching by all voters in the USA who believe in the protection of
unborn children and their mothers from the violence of abortion.
Campaign arguably claims that 56.3 million abortions take place
globally each year and yet it seeks to increase access to abortion as
does the Democratic Party Platform which states:
believe that safe abortion must be part of comprehensive maternal and
women's health care and included as part of America's global health
programming. Therefore, we support the repeal of harmful restrictions
that obstruct women's access to health care information and services,
including the "global gag rule" and the Helms Amendment that bars U.S.
assistance to provide safe, legal abortion throughout the developing
pro-abortion activists unite on September 28 in pursuit of universal
access to abortion their vision for the future is expressed by the
shared vision for the future is forming: a world where all women and
girls can fulfill their right to safe, legal abortion and be empowered
to make their own choices about their reproductive health."
hope and pray for a different future--one which respects, loves and
cares for the lives of all, from conception to natural death; a future
in which unborn children are universally protected in law and welcomed
at birth. We envision a world where mothers and their children not only
survive pregnancy and childbirth but thrive in the months and years that
follow and where no mother is told that aborting her child will solve