Large American Foundations Pushing Radical "Social Change" Agenda:
US-backed Pro-Abortion Organizations Begin Major Assault on Peru
Using "back door" strategy to bring abortion on demand to Peru via approval of "therapeutic abortions". In recent months, a host of US-funded organizations in league with the United Nations Population Fund has begun a concentrated assault on the Peruvian government and medical establishment, in an attempt to legalize abortion under the guise of "women's health".
The organizations represent a veritable blizzard of acronyms, like PROMSEX, INPPARES, DEMUS and CLAM. What they all have in common is that they are funded and aided by large American foundations with a liberal sexual agenda, particularly the Ford Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, or operate under the auspices of the United Nations Population Fund.
Their immediate goal in Peru is to pressure the executive branch to accept what they call a "protocol for therapeutic abortion." In recent months these organizations have scored major victories in their campaign, including endorsements by the Peru Medical College, the creation of protocols at two state-run hospitals, and a commission to create a nationwide abortion protocol on the part of Peruvian Health Minister Carlos Vallejos Sologuren.
New Strategy Seeks to Circumvent Legislative Process
In the past, international pro-abortion organizations have sought to introduce abortion on demand in Peru through the legislative process. However, the Peruvian Congress has repeatedly rejected the idea. Now the abortion lobby is following a new strategy which seeks to circumvent the legislative process by reinterpreting existing Peruvian law.
Peru's constitution protects the right to life of all human persons, and Peru's penal code, under a 1924 law, provides criminal penalties for all abortions except those undertaken to save the life of the mother, or to avoid "serious and permanent harm to her health". The "protocol strategy" is an attempt to redefine "health" to include the "psychological" health of the mother, which would then permit all abortions to be done on the grounds that they are necessary to avoid emotional suffering on the part of the woman.
According to Carlos Polo of the Population Research Institute, this strategy is being used by the abortion lobby throughout Latin America: "One of their favorite tactics has been to claim that any abortion that goes unpunished is a 'legal' abortion. Since the law in some Latin American countries does not always impose a penalty for abortion, this claim has succeeded in confusing the issue to some degree.
Using this pretext, they have begun to pressure ministries of health to approve 'protocols of emergency gynecological attention.' These are written so as to medically authorize the performance of a 'therapeutic abortion' in very limited, restricted circumstances where the mother's health is said to be in grave danger.
Once such a 'protocol' is in place, the abortion provision is gradually widened in practice. Soon, using the World Health Organization's definition of 'health,' all abortions become 'therapeutic' abortions. The constitutional prohibitions on abortion are rendered impotent."
This opinion is also shared by a former Peruvian health minister, Luis Solari, who says that therapeutic abortion is a euphemism for legalizing abortion for any reason. "Under this guise they are introducing a giant list of illnesses that have nothing to do with endangering the life of the mother. With this logic any child with Down's Syndrome will be killed before he is born," Solari warns.
The International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations has also noted the trend. "The abortion offensives in the City of Mexico, Buenos Aires, Peru, etc., are not mere coincidence. It seems that at the end of Bush's term (a pro-life president even if he can be criticized on other points), all of the demons have agreed to place abortion as a right in the Continent of Hope and erase any mention of the life that is 'interrupted' and the injured lives of the mothers," said Jose Simón Castivelí, of the organization's executive committee.
Peruvian Health Minister Seen to be Moving Toward Pro-Abortion Position
Recently, after coming under pressure from US-backed organizations, Peruvian Health Minister Carlos Vallejos Sologuren decided to create a "multisectoral" commission to examine the issue, promising to involve all sides in the debate. "Being such a debatable topic, because there are positions for and against it, it is important that they meet and discuss until exhausting the subject and in the end a decision will be made based on a consensus," he told the media, adding that it would be debated in a "very large forum."
However, on June 18th Sologuren agreed to give the opening address to a meeting at the Peruvian congress to "discuss" the protocol, which included pro-abortion organizations such as the Center for Promotion and Defense of Sexual and Reproductive Rights (PROMSEX), the Peruvian Institute for Responsible Parenthood (INPPARES, the Planned Parenthood branch in Peru), the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), to the exclusion of pro-life organizations.
Vallejos has consistently identified himself as "pro-life" in the past, but Polo believes he is moving towards the pro-abortion position. "Minister Vallejos has said many times he is against abortion, but his actions speak louder than words. Among other things, he claims that the Morning After Pill is not abortifacient, when it clearly is. He is setting up the Technical Commission, and openly supports its work. He speaks of being worried about women's lives, but soon enough, we suspect, will declare that some abortions are 'therapeutic.' Soon enough, if the path taken by politicians in other countries is any guide, he will abandon even the pretense of a pro-life stance." At press time, Vallejos had not responded to our request for an interview. [Part 1: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jul/07071605.html]
Most of the major players in the protocol campaign are funded directly or indirectly by large American foundations with a "social change" agenda that includes abortion, homosexual rights, contraception, and "sexual health" services that facilitate extra-marital sexual behavior, such as medication for venereal diseases.
PROMSEX, which is probably the loudest and most aggressive of the organizations, is reportedly funded by the $30 billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, whose founder, Bill Gates, has recently invested in the homosexual activist publishing company PlanetOut that displays hard-core homosexual pornography. The Gates Foundation has also donated over ten million dollars to the Latin American branch of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the world's number one provider and promoter of abortion and
sexual libertinism, which is also heavily involved in the Peru protocol campaign.
Another massive American foundation that is providing significant funding for the Peruvian abortion lobby is the Ford Foundation. It supports groups such as the Institute for the Defense and Rights of Women (DEMUS), the radical feminist group Flora Tristan, the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights (CLADEM), and the Latin American Center for Sexuality and Human Rights (CLAM). These groups work closely with one another and appear repeatedly at conferences and meetings to advocate an agenda of abortion and sexual permissiveness.
Pro-Abortion Forces Succeeding
Earlier this year, the investments of the international abortion lobby began to pay off.
Two hospitals, San Bartolomé and Belén de Trujillo, have implemented protocols for "therapeutic abortion" since March. Pro-abortion groups have hailed these victories, claiming that they apply to all hospitals in the country. On March 20th the Peru Medical College and the Peru College of Obstetricians held a closed-door meeting with groups such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Planned Parenthood of America, and Ipas (all of which are either American or are funded by American foundations), as well as the United Nations Population Fund. On June 7, the leadership of the Peru Medical College, lead by National Dean Dr. Amador Vargas Guerra, endorsed "therapeutic abortion" as a "right". A day later the same organization sponsored the presentation of an IPPF book linking poverty in Peru to lack of abortion rights.
Susana Chávez, director of PROMSEX, notes the increasing success of the abortion lobby in Peru. "The group defending sexual and reproductive rights now has an accumulation of experience, a level of discourse in the media, that places us in the public agenda. We also have the experience of using the juridical system and having won. We have new allies. The medical community is debating these subjects. The Human Rights Coordinator is increasingly more interested in supporting us," she remarked in a recent interview.
Use of Long-Tested U.S. "Hard Cases" Strategy Leading to More Abortions
The protocol campaign in Peru is driven by a long-tested strategy of the American abortion lobby: the use of "hard cases" to create an opening for more abortions. PROMSEX and DEMUS have assiduously publicized the case of a woman named Karen Llantoy, a young woman whose unborn child in 2001 was diagnosed as anencephalic (a congenital defect that inhibits the growth of the upper parts of the brain). Anencephalic children presumably do not have higher cognitive brain functions, and normally die shortly after birth.
Llantoy requested an abortion and was diagnosed with emotional stress from the pregnancy, according to advocates, but was not permitted to have the abortion because it was not necessary to protect her health. She eventually gave birth to the child, and it died several days later. Pro-abortion organizations appealed the case to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, which ruled against Peru and ordered the government to compensate Llantoy in 2006.
In response to the Llantoy decision, the government of Peru agreed to create a "multisectoral" protocol for "therapeutic abortion", which would allow women in similar situations to abort their children. However, pro-life forces in Peru, with strong participation by Catholic Church officials, managed to prevent the protocol from being implemented in 2006.
However, this year the Peruvian abortion lobby found another "hard case" to revive their protocol campaign. An unnamed thirteen year old girl reportedly was raped and tried to commit suicide by jumping from the roof of her house. While in the hospital, it was determined that she was pregnant. Her mother pushed to have the baby aborted, but doctors refused. Ultimately the girl suffered a miscarriage and the baby was lost. Pro-abortion forces contend that the pregnancy delayed important surgery to repair the child's injuries, which could have permanent consequences. In response, Health Minister Carlos Vallejos promised to create a protocol for such cases.
[PERU, July 16-17, 2007 LifeSiteNews.com, M.C. Hoffman, http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/jul/07071605.html]