Senator Brown’s response to our pleas: Misinformation or Double speak?

Senator Sherrod Brown’s disappointing response to our pleas…

Misinfomation, or double speak?

In yesterday’s e-mail alert we sadly advised you that President Obama had issued an executive order rescinding the so-called Mexico City Policy, which had prevented U.S. taxpayer funds from going to foreign non-governmental organizations that promoted or performed abortions as a population-control method.

We provided an easy link for you to send a message to our two Ohio U.S. Senators and to your Congressman to express your disappointment in this action and to encourage them to oppose other pro-abortion actions that President Obama has pledged to take.

Thanks to the many of you who took this important action step!

In response to our messages to him, Senator Sherrod Brown replied with a message of his own.

First, we applaud Senator Brown for quickly responding to his constituents!

However, Senator Brown’s response message was troublesome.

Here’s what he had to say:

“While you and I may disagree on this issue, I appreciate hearing your views.

By law, international family planning organizations cannot use U.S. funds to perform abortions. However, the ‘Gag Rule,’ implemented by President Bush in 2001, went farther. It withheld U.S. funds from international groups that perform abortions using their own private funds, or groups that engage in advocacy activities, including making public statements about abortion law or policy.”

He went on to assert that the Mexico City Policy “denies the right of free speech to international organizations working abroad, and it threatens the lives of millions of women by denying them access to vital public health services….The funds that Mr. Obama released can be used for family planning services, comprehensive sex education, contraceptive disbursement, STD testing, breast examinations, and other services — but as stated before, these funds cannot be used for abortions.”

That response indicates – at best – a lack of understanding of the purpose and effect of the Mexico City Policy. At worst, it indicates deceitful “double speak.”

Here is the truth:

The Mexico City Policy, which was initially implemented not by President Bush but by President Reagan in 1984 (then rescinded by President Clinton and re-implemented by President Bush), simply prevented U.S. planning family funds from going to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that “actively promote” abortion or actually perform abortions as a method of population control in other countries. President Reagan implemented the policy precisely because whereas – as Senator Brown indicates – the U.S. did have a policy on paper of not promoting abortion overseas, in fact, funds were being sent to support organizations that did promote and/or perform abortions.

The Mexico City Policy did not cut off assistance to foreign NGOs involved in family planning. It just insured that the organizations receiving such assistance were not organizations that were in the business of promoting or performing abortions.

Senator Brown’s and others’ use of the term “global gag rule” is unwarranted and misleading. The organizations receiving those family planning funds could still use them to provide referrals for abortion in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother. They could use them to treat injuries caused by abortions. They could even use them for post-abortion care. They simply could not use them to advocate or perform abortions.

The effect of President Obama’s rescinding the Mexico City Policy will be to take hundreds of millions of dollars out of the hands of family planning organizations that do not promote abortion and place them in the hands of militant organizations that promote abortion as the primary method of population control.

If there was any doubt about President Obama’s disregard for the life of the unborn and disdain for those who uphold the sanctity of all life, the statement that he released after rescinding the Mexico City Policy surely erased that doubt.

In his concluding paragraph he wrote, “In addition, I look forward to working with Congress to restore U.S. financial support for the U.N. Population Fund.” At President Bush’s insistence the United States has withheld funding of the U.N. Population Fund primarily because of that group’s support of the abusive, coercive abortion policies of China and other nations. President Obama “looks forward” to using our tax dollars to support such atrocities.

If you have not already done so, please send a message to your representatives in the U.S. Congress – including Senator Brown – to encourage them to oppose funding of all measures using taxpayer funds to promote a culture of death.