“Recognize the propaganda!”
This is the message directed to Ugandan pro-life coordinators by Father Jonathan Opio, country director for HLI Uganda. Every spring, Fr. Opio provides intense pro-life advocacy seminars to students who will spread the Gospel message as a counter-measure against the lure of anti-life and anti-family propaganda.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have invaded Uganda, a country with strong pro-life laws, and have targeted government officials, adding pressure to accept anti-life and anti–family policies in exchange for aid. LifeSiteNews.com reported on May 8, 2015 that Guttmacher Institute solicited funds for its “family planning” agenda to promote abortion in Uganda.
As typical of such NGOs, the rhetoric of cultural imperialism promises growth and prosperity, especially to empower women, if governments accept controversial abortion and radical gender identity provisions as human rights. Indeed, these false “rights” are outlined in forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals from the U.N. Commission on Population and Development. Such anti-life and anti-family agendas subvert traditional core values of life and family.
Father Opio addresses these issues with intense pro-life training sessions. He says a new crusade of fighters must stand up and refute the language and strategies used to push the Culture of Death.
“To be effective on the ground, we need pro-life ‘foot soldiers’ in all communities and institutions. This is how we will help Ugandan citizens in a sustainable way,” said Father Opio.
Real growth and prosperity for Uganda, he pointed out, will be educating Ugandans to recognize the evils of the modern sexual-liberation movement which threatens developing countries in Africa.
Father Opio’s authentic outreach encourages the next wave of pro-life advocates to cling to the teachings of the Catholic Church, which values life from the moment of conception to natural death.