December 22nd 2007

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EDITORIAL: Bali climate conference disconnected from reality

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Liberals not knowing which way to turn

FILM CLASSIFICATION: Porn film case dismissed by Federal Court

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Can Rudd restore an impartial public service?

FOREIGN DEBT: Last chance to avoid becoming a banana republic?

QUARANTINE: AQIS locks stable door after horse flu has bolted

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: US and Israel differ over Iran nuclear capabilities

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Christmas miscellany / Shopping spree / If the Liberals keep their nerve / One way of spending the surplus / Developing expensive tastes

GENOCIDE: Stalin's Ukrainian famine - the Holodomor

OPINION: Four factors that have shaped the new PM

OPINION: Trojan Horse inside Amnesty International

The abused generation (letter)

John Howard's dignified farewell (letter)

Asbestos cynicism (letter)

Malthusian spectre (letter)

CHRISTMAS POEM: The adoration of the Magi

CINEMA: The Golden Compass - well-crafted fantasy film 'about killing God'

BOOKS: THIRD WAYS: Family-centred economies and why they disappeared, by Allan C. Carlson


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Trojan Horse inside Amnesty International

by Babette Francis

News Weekly, December 22, 2007
Amnesty International has been infiltrated by pro-abortion feminists, alleges Babette Francis.

Observing Amnesty International in Australia and overseas over the past decade, it seemed curious to me that its administrators were mostly female. The majority of political prisoners around the world are male, so why is AI being run by women?

The situation became clear this year when AI changed its abortion-neutral stance to one that is actively pro-abortion. Amnesty has been infiltrated and taken over by pro-abortion feminists.

At the recent annual general meeting of Amnesty International (Ireland) held in Cork, present and former members attacked the organisation's new abortion policy. Over 40 people protested outside the meeting with placards reading:

"Amnesty has betrayed its mission, its dependants, and its supporters"; "No amnesty for the unborn"; and "If life is a human right, why is Amnesty seeking abortion?".

During the AGM itself, many members expressed their anger over the mixed messages being conveyed to the public as a result of AI's new pro-abortion stance.
Noeleen Hartigan

Spokeswoman and program director for AI, Noeleen Hartigan, had previously stated that the Irish branch of AI would not campaign actively for abortion. However, members who sought clarification on this vital "opt out" issue, were not given any. Then came evidence of the "smoking gun" …

Ms Hartigan confirmed that she was the same Noeleen Hartigan who had been chairperson of the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA), which is affiliated to the International Planned Parenthood Federation. IPPF is the largest provider of abortion services in the world.

A hidden form of exploitation, regularly deployed by rich nations on poorer ones, is the imposition of an abortion and compulsory-contraception culture as a condition of aid.

The practice is well known to those of us who, as NGO observers, attend the annual meetings of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. UN agencies and feminist NGOs have collaborated in this colonial-style exploitation.

The recent case of the Netherlands demanding repeal of pro-life laws in impoverished and war-devastated Nicaragua offers a revealing example. Dutch foreign policy has been directed towards enforcing secularisation without regard for the Catholic culture of Nicaragua or the value of human life. Moreover, this heavy-handed approach - from a nation that until half a century ago operated the Dutch East Indies colony that is now Indonesia - amounts to a reinvention of imperialism under the guise of overseas aid.

The policy of pressuring vulnerable developing countries has also been practised by France, the United Kingdom and Sweden at various stages, and with the tacit approval of pro-abortion NGOs accredited to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

UN agencies, such as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and UNICEF, are dominated by militant feminists who particularly target countries like Nicaragua and the Philippines where Catholicism, with its opposition to abortion, is the main religion.

In the Nicaraguan case, Dutch overseas development minister, Bert Koenders, said that Nicaragua's adoption in October 2006 of a pro-life constitution had caused the Hague government to review its aid program. In 2000, a group of Scandinavian ambassadors also threatened Nicaragua - then ravaged by a hurricane - by demanding it liberalise its abortion laws or suffer the withdrawal of Swedish and Norwegian aid. Aid was cut, but not totally.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for HIV/AIDS is Mrs Nafis Sadik, who for years was director of UNFPA. I heard her speak in that capacity at the UN's Habitat Conference in Istanbul in 1996 when she said that donor countries, when supplying food, water and hurricane-lamps to areas devastated by floods or earthquakes, "should be sure to leave plenty of space in the relief trucks for large consignments of contraceptives". "Obsession" is a mild word to describe her diatribe.

Recently, Nafis Sadik wrote an article in the journal of "Catholics for a Free Choice" (a spurious body which is not at all Catholic and is funded by abortion-promoters), in which she praised a plan to have the Vatican stripped of its UN observer status. Mrs Sadik has also praised China's coercive one-child policy.

Irish "problem"

At a pro-abortion meeting at Melbourne University in November, "Abortion in Victoria: Where are we now? Where do we want to go?", radical feminists said that "Catholics of Irish origin were a real problem". They further stipulated that no occupational exemptions on conscience grounds should be allowed to cleaners whose job it was to dispose of human waste - that is, bits of babies - in hospital abortion procedures.

I can think of several places I would like these feminists to go to, but my suggestions are unprintable in this family journal.

- Babette Francis is national co-ordinator of Endeavour Forum Inc., an NGO accredited to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

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