The UK based Guardian newspaper is holding a journalism competition that promotes one of the world’s most virulently anti-life organizations – Marie Stopes International (MSI).
The International Development Journalism Competition asked writers to submit features from a list of 16 topics that deserve “greater media exposure.” MSI sponsored two of the topics: The impact of unsafe abortions on Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal health, and Socio-cultural barriers to family planning.
Some of the questions writers were asked to address are:
What are the barriers to preventing unsafe abortion?
What role do laws, culture, religion and social pressures have on this issue?
What can be done to address the socio-cultural barriers to family planning?
What conflicts does a woman face if her religion discourages or forbids the use of contraception?
Most pro-lifers in America are familiar with Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood, but may not be as familiar with Marie Stopes and MSI. Stopes was actually involved in the creation of Planned Parenthood in 1952. Perhaps the most prolific abortion provider in the world (we can’t know for sure since they operate illegally in many nations and can’t accurately report their grisly toll), MSI works hand in glove with the UN, USAID, and other population control organizations to try to prevent the poor in the developing world from having children. And always, their assault is couched in the language of “maternal health” and “reproductive rights” as they trample over the poor non-white communities of the world.
Human Life International’s Director of Research Dr. Brian Clowes wrote in his book Marie Stopes International Exposed, “Marie Stopes and Margaret Sanger were two of the primary forces behind the deadly combination of: (1) eugenics directed at individuals, and (2) contraceptive technology, which in tandem inevitably evolved into the current population control movement.”
Dr. Clowes also points out MSI’s collaboration with The Guardian in his book, including helping to start the International Development Journalism Competition in 2008. Some of the entries chosen for consideration as finalists in this year’s competition display MSI’s own contempt for pro-life cultures, organizations and religions.
“It would be both easy and plausible to suggest that the influence of the [Catholic] Church and the continuing prevalance of traditional lifestyles are the biggest impediments to promoting contraceptive drugs and devices in Peru; a fairly standard issue in most of Latin America and the Caribbean,” one of the entries suggests.
“But the government of the Philippines – a deeply Catholic state – imposes a blanket ban on abortion, even in cases of incest, rape or to save the mother’s life. It is one of the most restrictive laws in the world…In the end restrictive abortion laws punish the poor, young and vulnerable,” another entry states.
In the same article, the author writes that MSI emphasizes the value of reaching out to moderate religious groups.
“Religion can be empowering as well as restrictive,” says Louise Lee-Jones, Senior Manager at MSI. “There are many people out there with strong religious ethos who take a more liberal stance.”
According to Dr. Clowes, MSI “recognizes that the Catholic Church is its primary foe worldwide.”
Other organizations helping to sponsor the competition include Barclays, GlaxoSmithKline, CARE International UK, The David Rattray Memorial Trust (UK), Direct Relief International, FHI, International Childcare Trust, Malaria Consortium, Plan UK, and Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture.
Subscribers of The Guardian should be aware of what kind of agenda the news service is helping to promote. And all pro-lifers should be aware of just how destructive MSI’s anti-life agenda is to countries around the world.