International Planned Parenthood's () claim "to provide safe, compassionate abortions" has been ripped apart by recent allegations of medical negligence, fraud, and the prevalence of emotional, physical and verbal abuse of patients by medical staff.
In July 2011, Americans United for Life released a groundbreaking report, The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood, highlighting the scandals and abuses of the abortion provider, which receives over a million dollars a day in taxpayer funding, and detailing the need for further investigation. Since the release of the AUL Report, even more cases have come to light and, in December 2011, several former Planned Parenthood (IPPF) employees wrote a letter to Congress stating that they “are prepared to testify” about the transgressions and horrific crimes they witnessed at Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation. These crimes include not only financial misdeeds but also failure to “detect and act upon instances where a girl or woman was brought to the clinic under some degree of coercion (forced), up to and including instances where the girl or woman was subjected to human trafficking and was a victim of crime".
Former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director, Abby Johnson, testified before the Texas Senate in 2011, “there is no doctor-patient relationship” at Planned Parenthood clinics. Ms. Johnson recounts that at Planned Parenthood clinics, the physician performing a surgical abortion generally never speaks to a woman before her abortion procedure, nor during her recovery process after the procedure. Additionally, Ms. Johnson recalls that for most chemical abortions, there was no physician on site! Neither was there an examination of the patient before the chemical abortion, or a follow-up visitation after the procedure.
This exposure of IPPF Planned Parenthood's media-manipulating and cold-hearted motivations behind gaining immense profits at the cost of both mother and baby are deeply disturbing. Especially when we consider the recent attempts by global abortion providers to gain access to our beloved nation via local organisations such as FLAS and Marie Stopes International (recently opened in Manzini).
Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS) is a full member of IPPF and it's website is full of worrying blanket phrases which mimic exactly IPPF's policies and objectives with regards to pushing through abortions as a "reproductive right". For example: "The implementation of activities at FLAS is derived from a 5 year strategic plan which is developed in line with International Planned Parenthood’s strategic framework".
I wonder how many Swazi's are aware of the alarming affiliation FLAS has with this sinister abortionist empire? I wonder how many Swazi's are aware that FLAS lists on it's website that it provides "pre-abortion counseling". Why would it need to do that... what happened to pregnancy counselling? Why are they not advocating that adoption is an alternative? Doesn't this imply that they are quietly condoning the murder of innocent Swazi babies? It makes one wonder whether they advise Swazi women to do it here (illegally) or across the border in South Africa?
These kind of deceptive going-ons greatly undermine the excellent work FLAS does throughout the country, educating us about HIV/AIDS and STD's, family planning, the need to talk about sex openly, and breaking down stigmas and misconceptions wherever they go. This great vehicle for positive change for both men and women in Swaziland must not be allowed to be hi-jacked by organisations like IPPF, to whom Swaziland is merely another country to abuse and suck dry of it's money, dignity and sanctity of human life, and our precious babies.
International abortion providers are becoming increasingly more involved in Swaziland under the pretext of wanting to help Swazi women gain access to "reproductive health". They may have been content in the past to limited their services here, but one day soon they will push to provide abortions legally here in our beautiful country. And when they do that, I desperately hope we are not asleep. We have a duty to our children and grandchildren to watch for the signs in order to block their attempts to gain legal permission to kill off our precious future generations. There is no sitting on the fence in a life and death matter like abortion: in Swaziland we need to show our love for our children and our women and say No to killing, No to abortion.
(this letter was published in the Swazi Observer on 17th October 2012)