There You Go – It’s El Salvador All Over Again

HLI Says No to Salvadoran Abortion

Human Life International (HLI) was thrice attacked in 2017 for supporting pro-life laws in El Salvador, twice earlier in the year by The Guardian and once in December by The Huffington Post. Because of its defense of human life and mothers and rejection of Salvadoran abortion, a rag-tag list of false accusations have again been leveled at HLI:

  • Condones a system which imprisons Salvadoran women for miscarriage or stillbirth;
  • Implicitly anti-woman, unlike the “human rights” organization, Amnesty International;
  • Condones a “draconian” pro-life law because HLI, like El Salvador, opposes abortion;
  • “Funnels” money to El Salvador to stop legalization of abortion.

HLI responded to the first two articles on its website here and here. And now we respond to the third.

Vasquez Never Had a “Miscarriage”

Where to start? There’s the The Huffington Post story.

The paper’s argument is predicated on the case of Teodora Vasquez, allegedly imprisoned for a “miscarriage”.  Does The Huffington Post not have an El Salvadoran correspondent? If one reads the local Spanish newspapers that person will know, as our HLI link reports in 

Spanish, that Teodora called 911, saying she had labor pains. When help arrived, she denied knowing she was pregnant. Then, when police found her dead baby in the toilet, Teodora lied and said the child was born dead. In the end, the courts found that the child had been born alive and drowned.  It is difficult half a world away to pass judgment on the death of a child where U.S. police did not investigate, autopsy, or interview the subjects. But Teodora was found guilty and would be imprisoned in the United States for this crime, too. It’s called infanticide. In addition, pro-abortion groups requested a hearing for a pardon before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court found that she was guilty, as well, and denied the pardon.

“I know every facet of abortion…. I helped nourish the creature with great draughts of blood and money.”

 –The Hand of God, Dr. Bernard Nathanson (Co-Founder, NARAL)

One must remain skeptical. As a “source” the pro-abortion Huffington Post ends citing The Guardian, which is also pro-abortion. Then the paper cites Reuters as alleging a total of 27 Salvadoran women are imprisoned for similar reasons. However, look to Reuters’ own source; it quotes yet another pro-abortion organization: The Citizen Group for the Decriminalisation of Abortion (CDFA). Where is Reuters’ proof? Of course, none is given. The numbers are unreliable. As Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the cofounder of the Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) stated years ago in his book, The Hand of God, pro-abortion activists frequently lie or inflate figures. “Nathanson and his colleagues achieved their goals; and they achieved them, in part, by claiming that the number of illegal abortions was more than ten times higher than it actually was.”

“I would like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision.”

~Pope Saint John Paul II (Evangelium Vitae, 99)

Human Life International has never condoned imprisoning women for miscarriage, stillbirth or even abortion. HLI follows the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Does anyone honestly believe She would advocate false imprisonment in lieu of forgiveness and mercy? In 2016 Pope Francis even extended the power of absolution for mothers to all priests indefinitely, which means it’s now even easier for women to repent, gain peace and return to the Sacraments in the Church. Women and their families benefit tremendously from absolution. Pope Francis did, however, continue to advocate for the defenseless, as the Church has since time immemorial: “I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life.”

El Salvador does not need more violence nor murder of innocents endangering mothers.

Salvadoran abortion

Our Lady of Peace, Julia Regina de Cardenal (HLI)

El Salvador is named for Our Savior, Christ in His Transfiguration. Our Lady of Peace is the co-patron of El Salvador.  HLI believes in compassionate care for both the woman and child… unlike Amnesty International. What kind of “human rights” organization advocates killing a baby in the womb? Amnesty does – and not just in El Salvador. Witness the group’s Irish website, soliciting money to overturn Irish pro-life laws . Actually, despite being in financial debt, Amnesty there has been so involved in trying to overturn Ireland’s pro-life rule of the land that the Republic of Ireland has accused the group of illegally trying to influence the election. Amnesty accepted money from outside the country from financier George Soros, among others, and has been ordered to return $160,000. At last count, Amnesty was contesting the order.

We are unable to confirm the amount spent to date in Ireland or Salvadoran abortion because the amounts are not broken down it its 2016 financial support.

Now all I think about is the ‘what if’s,’ which always gets the best of me and makes me cry and cry and cry.”

~Anna from New Mexico,

Human Life International has spent funds in El Salvador. But HLI never “funneled” funds, in huge quantities, as Planned Parenthood has done for years (see HLI rebuttal story). The amount HLI spent primarily financed one safe home where pregnant mothers could live, while awaiting the birth of their children. Ask those women if HLI is pro-woman. We want to stop the Annas of the world from having to ask themselves, “What if…?”

Sí la Vida contributed to this report.

About Deborah M. Piroch

Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Most recently she served as Director of PR for Human Life International.

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