Source: Right to Life Australia Inc.

Federal Government Minister Bob McMullan MP sent out a disturbing media release concerning ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health’ in the Asia-Pacific.  As we know these words often indicate the provision and funding of abortion services under the guise of ‘Overseas Aid.

Mr McMullan’s AusAID funded 3 million dollar ‘SPRINT’ program aims to take the lead on sexual and reproductive health in crisis and post-crisis situations.  He says “The initiative aims to reduce the incidence of preventable maternal and neonatal deaths in the Asia-Pacific region. Globally more than 500,000 women die each year as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. High maternal mortality and child mortality persist in our region.”

While helping mothers and babies sounds great, a major concern is whether abortion will be the ‘solution’ to the cases of maternal death.  This theory is entirely plausible as they are planning on working in partnership with the International Planned Parenthood Federation and their partners from the University of New South Wales and the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance”.  The Australian Reproductive Health Alliance includes the following ‘partners’: International Planned Parenthood Federation,  Marie Stopes International Australia, Reproductive Choice Australia and Children by Choice ).  As we know ALL of these organisations are prominent promoters of abortion and some of them actually PERFORM abortions around the world.

We urge you to take ACTION: Please write to Bob McMullan and Kevin Rudd. Ask them to ensure that Australian money is not used for abortion services overseas.
Request that the government NOT provide funds through the named organisations because of their support for providing abortion services.

Bob McMullan – Bob.McMullan.MP@aph.gov.au  (Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd -  use form on this page  http://www.pm.gov.au/contact/index.cfm

If you prefer to send a handwritten letter please address it to either MP at:

House of Representatives

Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600

 

MEDIA RELEASE
MEDIA RELEASE  BOB MCMULLAN MP

PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
MEMBER FOR FRASER

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AA0807                                                  18 February 2008

Leading the Way on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Asia-Pacific for Women in Humanitarian Crises
The Australian Government is taking the lead on sexual and reproductive health in post-crisis situations.

As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), today I launched the AusAID funded $3 million ‘SPRINT’ program – Sexual and Reproductive Health Program in Crisis and Post-Crisis Situations in East, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

The initiative aims to reduce the incidence of preventable maternal and neonatal deaths in the Asia-Pacific region. Globally more than 500,000 women die each year as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. High maternal mortality and child mortality persist in our region.

Australia is providing targeted programs for women’s and children’s health as part of the Government’s commitment to achieve MDG targets 4) Reduce child mortality and 5) Improve maternal health by 2015.

In the past decade there has been a significant increase in the number of crises faced by countries in the Asia-Pacific region, either through natural disasters, climatic variation, political instability or civil unrest.

The Australian Government considers it essential that civil society organisations be involved in the response to humanitarian crises and the promotion of sustainable development because of their capacity to engage quickly and promote community ownership of recovery efforts.

I am please that we are to be working in partnership with the International Planned Parenthood Federation and their partners from the University of New South Wales and Australian Reproductive Health Alliance on this important SPRINT initiative.

Media Contact: Sabina Curatolo (Mr McMullan’s Office) 0400 318 205 AusAID Public Affairs 0417 680 590


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