Latin America asked for help during the coronavirus pandemic, the UN gave them abortion

A coalition of 434 human rights organisations have backed an International Manifesto for the Right to Life in response to abortion provision sections in the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Global Humanitarian Response Plan: COVID-19. 

The plan calls for increased funding and prioritisation of abortion services globally, including countries where abortion is not legal and the lives of unborn babies are protected. 

The pro-life manifesto issued in response calls for the international community to “focus on public policies based on human dignity, and for effectively putting an end to any attempt to interfere with or attack the sovereignty of our countries, in particular coming from the U.N. and its principal agencies.”

‘Shakedown’

In April, Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Relations and Human Mobility sent a $46.4 million budget request to the UNFPA. Pro-life groups in Equador have said that the acceptance of the aide request was conditional on providing access to abortion.

A representative from Ecuador for the Family, Martha Villafuerte, stated, “It is unacceptable to try to take advantage of the situation to slip in through the back door a crime that the Constitution rejects.”

According to Villafuerte, “The U.N. …intends to shakedown the country by offering it more than 46 million dollars, of which 3 million would go directly to ‘sensitize and to train health personnel on safe, legal abortion and post-abortion care  when this is expressly prohibited by law in Ecuador.”

In June, the UNFPA highlighted Latin America as the new epicenter of the pandemic, noting that these countries constituted nearly 40% of all deaths daily from COVID-19 from May to June. 

In addition, they recognised the weak and fragmented state of healthcare systems in Latin America and the difficulties they face in addressing COVID-19.

However, Ecaudor is not the only country facing increased pressure to change their abortion policies as a result of increased financial support during the global pandemic. 

International pledge to prioritise abortion during pandemic

In a bid to expand abortion services across South and Central America, 59 countries pledged to prioritise abortion services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Earlier this year, 59 member states of the United Nations, including the United Kingdom and some commonwealth countries, promised to ensure continued access and funding to abortion abortion services, which they have classified as “essential”, in a joint press release.

Ecuador was among the press release signees, despite its current legislation.

Following the press release, it was revealed the UK Government had given an extra £10 million to the UN Population Fund targeted at developing nations, including a number of African countries, which includes spending on abortion.

Last month, the Swedish Government’s International Development Agency (SIDA) joined the UK in funding global abortion when it announced it will give 20 million Swedish krona (£1.67 million) to DKT International, an organisation which promotes and funds abortion around the world.

The significant grant given to DKT International from SIDA will provide manual vacuum aspiration equipment to perform suction abortions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Additionally, the group will distribute medical abortion drugs across Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Canadian healthcare professionals offer unborn babies hope through coronavirus crisis

A team of healthcare professionals in Canada have provided continuous support and reassurance to parents of unborn babies with spina bifida during the coronavirus pandemic.

Expecting parents, like Amanda and Devon Allenby, were concerned their unborn babies wouldn’t receive corrective treatment for the condition when the outbreak of COVID-19 placed elective surgeries on hold.

Speaking to CTV News, Amanda said: “We were told because of COVID, we were not going to be able to have fetal surgery.”

However, the Ontario Fetal Centre medical team at Mount Sinai Hospital – the only place in Canada that performs corrective treatment for the condition – had a plan.

To overcome the challenge, the medical team started virtual appointments to help prepare expectant mothers for the in-womb surgery. It meant mothers could be fully informed on the procedure and meet the healthcare professionals who would be involved before arriving at the hospital.

With the help of these virtual appointments, Amanda became the first patient to have the in-womb surgery on her baby after the COVID-19 pause.

Amanda and Devon said although their son isn’t out of the woods yet, he is doing well and will be born at the end of July.

Father Devon added: “It’s one less procedure he’s going to have to go through and I’m super thankful to the doctors and physicians who were able to accept Amanda and get it done for her. A huge weight was lifted off our shoulders.”

Dr Greg Ryan, head of the fetal medicine program at Mount Sinai Hospital, told CTV news the in-womb surgery for spina bifida involves opening the mother’s stomach and taking the baby out of the womb.

A pioneering new surgery

Three years ago, two-year-old Eiko was the first baby to undergo the pioneering surgery in Canada.

Eiko’s mother, Romeila Son, was told her daughter faced paralysis, living in a wheelchair and brain damage without the surgery.

“Now she’s doing great. She’s walking around, chasing her brothers around the house, talking, knows her abcs, her shapes,” Son said.

Babies diagnosed with spina bifida in Canada and the UK can be aborted right up to the point of birth.

In the UK, it is estimated 80 percent of unborn babies diagnosed with spina bifida each year are aborted. In Canada the termination rate is over 65%.

However, pro-life campaigners are hopeful that the relatively new option of in-womb surgery, which has been made routinely available on the NHS, will decrease the number of unborn babies being terminated each year.

Mothers misinformed

Earlier this year, a baby girl, who had the surgery whilst still being in her mother’s womb, celebrated her first birthday at home.

After diagnosing Elouise with the condition last year, doctors offered her parents a termination saying the outcome was “bleak”.

However, Kieron and Bethan Simpson refused to have an abortion, and now Elouise, who is described as “happy and smiley” by her mother, is thriving.

Bethan also raised concerns that pregnant women are being misinformed on spina bifida.

“Since becoming a mum I’ve had the chance to reflect on that traumatic time. My only option was to fight. But most importantly, it was about being informed.

“There is a lot of negative information around spina bifida.

“Without being fully informed as parents, Elouise would not be where she is now.”

Her concerns were shared by a mother who described the relentless pressure she faced to have an abortion after doctors diagnosed her baby with spina bifida last year.

Natalie Halson, who refused an abortion ten times, said doctors “made out like an abortion was my only option and explained that if I went ahead with the pregnancy my baby would be wheelchair bound and have no quality of life.”

“When I got off the phone I went and did tonnes of research and found out that there were options for my little girl – I felt suddenly really angry that they had made out I had none.”

Speaking about her daughter, Mirabelle, who has since had corrective surgery on her spine, Natalie said: “I look at Mirabelle now and think ‘I wouldn’t even have known you.’ It doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Africa asks for ventilators during COVID-19, UK Govt sends abortion funds

While developing countries ask for ventilators and PPE, amidst the coronavirus crisis, the UK Government has given an extra £10 million to the UNFPA targeted at developing nations including a number of African countries which includes spending on abortion.

African countries are in desperate need of ventilators, personal protective equipment and basic medical supplies as cases of COVID-19 continue to grow there.

The United Nations projects that, even in the best scenario, the continent’s 54 countries with a population of 1.3 billion people, will need 30,000 ventilators this year.

However, recent reports claim there are only 2,000 ventilators across the continent and that ten nations have no ventilators at all.

The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, stated that “the issue of ventilators is one of the biggest challenges that the countries are facing.” 

Despite this huge challenge, the UK Government has decided to divert some of the international development spending that could be directed to funding this vital equipment to instead spend on funding more abortions for developing countries.

In response to a question asked by pro-abortion MP Caroline Lucas, the Government revealed it has continued to fund abortions across the continent.

Lucas asked the Government, in light of the crisis, what steps they had taken to “work with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to secure the supply of reproductive health products and ensure that women and girls in developing countries continue to have access to contraception and safe abortion throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.”

In its response, the Government revealed that the UK has continued with its existing support to UNFPA, including the UNFPA Supplies programme (£425 million between 2020-2025), and it has given an additional £10 million to the UNFPA.

It added, the Department for International Development (DfID) is already working closely with UNFPA in “providing high quality family planning and essential life-saving maternal health medicines to those in need, including commodities required for post-abortion care and medical abortions where it is legal.”

The extra spending is on a UNFPA project called the Global Humanitarian Response Plan includes and will include the roll-out of abortion services through the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP). The MISP was developed through the Inter-Agecy Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises, of which the UNFPA and abortion giant Marie Stopes International are members. One of the MISPs five objectives is to provide abortions in response to a humanitarian crisis. 

The group claim not all benefactors of its aid need to provide what they call “safe abortion care”.

However, in the documentaries Killing Africa and Strings Attached, the founder of Culture for Life Africa, Obianuju Ekeocha, exposes how pro-abortion organisations sneak their agenda into Africa under the guise of family planning and maternal mortality reduction programmes.

Additionally, the documentaries reveal how the UK isn’t just funding medical abortions where it is legal, as suggested in its response to Caroline Lucas, but is also funding illegal terminations through its funding of abortion giant Marie Stopes International.

Jacqueline Gandi who worked at a Marie Stopes clinic in Kenya revealed to the Strings Attached documentary that illegal abortions were being performed in the country and being recorded as “post-abortion care”.

Financial statements for the company found in Companies House reveal that, since 2006, DfID has given over £300 million worth of taxpayers’ money to MSI, with over three-quarters of that total given between 2014 and 2018. This enormous increase has made DfID the single biggest donor to Marie Stopes International.

Obianuju Ekeocha has previously stated that not popular support among the general population in African countries for abortion to be legalised.

“The polls show overwhelmingly that Africans hate abortion, abhor abortion, both women and men.

“We have parliaments, we have different paths of legislature that can go through the process of legalising abortion – of passing a Bill, of making it law – but still the African countries continue to hold on to a particular view of the human person that life begins at conception.”

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said:

“65% of the public oppose UK taxpayer money being spent on abortions overseas.

“Rather than continuing to support the pro-abortion lobby’s agenda, the UK Government should focus on assisting developing countries in getting the vital equipment it needs to save lives.”

PM announces birth of son whose ultrasound scan helped him get through coronavirus

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have announced the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning.

Both mother and baby are doing very well, their spokesperson has said.

They added: “The prime minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well.

“The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.”

Johnson only returned to work Monday after spending a week in hospital, including three nights in intensive care, suffering from coronavirus.

Earlier this month, it was revealed his recovery from the illness was aided by seeing ultrasound scans of his unborn son.

His concerned fiancé sent Johnson daily letters and scans of their unborn baby to lift his morale while he was in intensive care.

A Downing Street source had told the Sun at the time: “It’s been a very, very worrying time for Carrie. She has been urging Boris to get well for their unborn child.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock posted on Twitter: “So thrilled for Boris and Carrie. Wonderful to have a moment of unalloyed joy!”

And Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “Wonderful news. Many congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds.” 

Boris Johnson’s position on life issues is largely unclear. Since becoming an MP in 2001, Johnson has abstained from the majority of votes on life issues. 

However, in 2015 he was among 330 MPs who roundly defeated a Bill seeking to introduce assisted suicide in the UK.