Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Obama's overseas abortion agenda

Yesterday I quoted from Rep. Chris Smith's recent speech to the NRLC Convention. Below is another excerpt, which I think is worth highlighting for its excellent summary of President Obama's pro-abortion agenda worldwide.

A few days after his Inauguration, Mr. Obama rescinded the Mexico City policy, a pro-life Reagan-era executive order, that ensured that the over $545 million in population control funds appropriated by Congress each year (for FY2010, $648 million) only went to foreign nongovernmental family planning organizations, that did not promote, lobby or perform abortions as a method of family planning.

As a result of Obama's new policy, pro-abortion organizations are now flush with cash and will continue to get hundreds of millions of dollars annually to push abortion around the world, all of it decoupled from pro-life safeguards.

I'm here to tell you that the prejudice and bias against unborn children by this Administration is stunning--I've been in the Right to Life movement for 37 years, and I've never seen an Administration so biased against little kids.

For example, at a Congressional hearing in late April, I asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton how she could have said in a speech to Planned Parenthood that she was "in awe of Margaret Sanger." The Secretary said that "Margaret Sanger's life and leadership was one of the most transformational in the entire history of the human race and that Sanger's work both here and abroad was not done."

I pointed out that Sanger's legacy was indeed transformational, but not for the better if one happens to be poor, disenfranchised, weak, disabled, a person of color, an unborn child, or among the many so-called undesirables, that Sanger would exclude and exterminate from the human race.

Sanger's prolific writings drip with contempt for those she considered unfit to live. I have actually read many of Sanger's articles and books. She was an unapologetic eugenicist and a racist who said, "The most merciful thing a family does for one of its infant members is to kill it."

She also said on another occasion, "Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems."

In Sanger's book, "The Pivot of Civilization," chapter five is entitled, "The Cruelty of Charity." In that chapter, she makes a shockingly inhumane case for the systematic denial of prenatal and maternal health care for poor pregnant women.

Sanger said, and I quote in pertinent part, "Such benevolence is not merely superficial and nearsighted. It conceals a stupid cruelty" and leads to "deterioration in the human stock" and "the perpetuation of defectives, delinquents and dependents."

I told Secretary Clinton that it was extraordinarily difficult to understand how anyone could be in awe of Margaret Sanger, a person who made no secret whatsoever of views that were antithetical to protecting fundamental human rights of the weakest and the most vulnerable, and could suggest that Sanger's work remains undone around the world.

I also asked our Secretary of State whether the Obama administration was seeking in any way to weaken or overturn pro-life laws and policies in African and Latin American countries, either directly or through multilateral organizations, including and especially the United Nations, the African Union, or the Organization of American States. And I also asked her whether the United States' definition of reproductive health includes abortion.

In a radical departure from President Bush, Secretary Clinton said that the Obama Administration was "entitled" to advocate abortion anywhere in the world. "Entitled"!

Secretary Clinton went on to unilaterally redefine the term "reproductive health" to include abortion, even though that definition isn't shared by the rest of the world especially in Latin America and Africa. That is important, because the term "reproductive health" is found in numerous UN consensus documents and action plans and in the laws of countries worldwide.

Thus it is abundantly clear, a new, dark chapter in the Global push for unfettered abortion has commenced. On March 31st, the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Population, Refugee and Migration Bureau, told the UN that the U.S. Government now seeks to achieve universal access to reproductive health and the promotion of reproductive rights. In light of the Secretary of State's statement, that clearly means the U.S. is pushing universal access to abortion on demand.

Just two weeks ago, I offered an amendment to ensure that the new Global Office on Women's Issues at State promotes women's rights, not abortion. I lost 22 to 17 in the Foreign Affairs Committee and was barred by the Democrat leadership from even offering it on the Floor of the House when the measure was considered. The underlying legislation passed the House and is now pending in the Senate.

In light of his coordinated attack overseas, we must do a better job of warning nations in Africa and Latin America in Asia and even Europe that the Global War on Abortion is at their doorstep.

Then there is the Obama abandonment of women in China. No only did Secretary Clinton say America's traditional concern for human rights in China wouldn't "interfere" with other issues like peddling US bonds to Beijing, but our government is now funding organizations that brutally oppress Chinese women.

Despite the fact that the UN Population Fund has actively supported, co-managed, and white-washed the most pervasive crimes against women in human history, President Obama donated $50 million to the UNFPA. In three weeks, the House will look to increase that to $62 million in 2010.

(In 2008 under President Bush--the US State Department found once again that the UNFPA violated the anti-coercion provision of Kemp-Kasten and reprogrammed all funding originally earmarked for the UNFPA to other projects including maternal health.)

China's one-child-per-couple policy relies on coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, ruinous fines in amounts up to ten times the salary of both parents, imprisonment, and job loss or demotion to achieve its quotas.

With both the UNFPA and the Obama Administration enabling, China's barbaric government policy has made brothers and sisters illegal in much of the country.

Women are told when--and if--they can have even the one child permitted by law.

Unwed mothers--even if the baby is her first--are forcibly aborted. Women are severely harmed emotionally, psychologically, and physically. Chinese women are violated by the state. The suicide rate for Chinese women--about 500 a day--far exceeds suicide anywhere on earth.

Then there are the missing girls--about 100 million--victims of sex selection abortions. This gendercide is a direct result of the one child policy.

According to the Times of London, several days ago, the world's richest and most famous including Ted Turner, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, David Rockefeller Jr., George Soros and Oprah Winfrey met in London and decided population control was the world's most urgent priority. Population control blames children for bad governance and the misuse and misallocation of resources. If you want to know where that worldview takes us, just look at China.