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Published On: Wed, Nov 1st, 2017

George Soros funding pro-abortion groups, messaging all around the globe

When conservative media cover billionaire investor George Soros’ support for abortion, it focuses mainly on the funding of Planned Parenthood, but his list of other organizations include the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) and Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW).

Documents from Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF) posted on DCleaks.com in 2016 showed the groups are funded by Soros OSF Women’s Rights Program (WRP), have been working in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

One document dated December 16, 2015 reveals that IWHC received $1.35 million for three years starting in 2015 and lists the ambitions, challenges, and opportunities.

The portfolio describes IWHC as “a 30-year-old international organization advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR),” a misnomer for abortion. Moreover, it gives IWHC credit for “playing a central role in mobilizing and supporting advocates from around the world (…) particularly during the major UN processes of the mid 1990s through the present day.”

Specifically, IWHC engaged feminists for an International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt, in 1994, coordinated by the United Nations.

The leaked document says “IWHC also provides long-term grants, and technical assistance and mentorship to women’s rights organizations”, and “gives advocacy grants to a set of ‘anchor’ organizations in key countries such as Brazil and India.”

It’s likely that those countries were identified as “key” because of their high populations.

IWHC is now lead by Françoise Girard, the former director of OSF’s Public Health Program. The portfolio states that within years she started “re-establishing the organization’s diminished credibility as a leading thinker and strategists (sic) in advancing sexual and reproductive rights globally.”

 

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In the “Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project” (2004), Adrienne Germain, who led IWHC until 2011, explained that the organization was initially owned by the Population Crisis Committee (now Population Action International) to provide hand-held vacuum aspiration kits. Ostensibly these kits are for menstrual regulation, a designation that allowed distribution of these kits, which can in fact be used for early vacuum abortion (p. 124). Their work started in Bangladesh, where abortion was illegal. The group’s aim was to establish an affiliate in as many countries as possible. In this interview, Germain brags about carrying so-called menstrual regulation kits in her suitcase to deliver them in countries with illegal abortion and talks about figuring out how to get past customs (p.132).

According to “Feminists and Neo-Malthusians: Past and Present Alliances” by Dennis Hudgson and Susan Cotts (1997) , IWHC “started with neo-Malthusian (advocacy of population control) money, (and) became the major source of support and training for third world providers of abortion. Soon it expanded its agenda and attempted to construct a firmer foundation for an alliance between feminists and neo-Malthusians (p.495).”

Hudgson and Cotts added that the IWHC’s aim was “to change state policy, particularly that of USAID, the Department of State, and the United Nations (p.31).”

Today, strategically located in New York, IWHC is still focused on work in the UN.

It does it by developing leadership skills of international abortion activists ranging from Armenia to Hong Kong to Tunisia and France. They practice lobbying and hold mock UN sessions.

In 2015, the group trained 52 activists from Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe for 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women, spending $196,454. (s.8)

In 2016, the organization spent $151,420 for the participation of 32 activists from Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, who came for the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women. (s.24)

Recently, IWHC boasted about funding a grantee partner to stop Poland’s pro-life bill. The group organized women’s protests that pressured the Parliament into killing the bill.

Such successful lobbying proves that IWHC can be very effective. The organization’s work should be closely watched by pro-life groups all over the world, particularly since they teach women how to induce medical abortion, and where to buy abortive drugs. It is possible that IWHC will receive even more funds after Soros announced an $18 billion contribution to OSF in October 2017.

 

 

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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