10 things you should know about New Zealand’s “Family Planning”

Family Planning“Family Planning” is a name most New Zealander’s have heard. If you are under the age of 40, chances are pretty high you, or a friend have been to one of their clinics, talked to a nurse on the phone, or come into contact with their literature either through school or your local medical centre. “Family Planning” have a really strong presence in New Zealand society, but do you know what their mission is and how that ideology impacts on our culture?

The following are some points that everyone should know about this New Zealand Government-funded organisation.

1.  Family Planning are one of the top abortion referrers in New Zealand
And they have no qualms about referring teenage girls (without their parents knowledge) off for an abortion.  They need to have this back-up for women and girls who find themselves pregnant after listening to Family Planning’s advice that

The only way to be absolutely sure you won’t/don’t get pregnant is not to have sex.  But if you do decide to, then you need to make sure you’re as safe as possible.  That means you are protected against becoming pregnant when you don’t want to have babies or becoming infected with a Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI).  (Source: The Word)

2.  Family Planning offer medical abortions at their Tauranga clinic
A license has been granted by the Abortion Supervisory Committee to Family Planning Tauranga to provide an early (up to 12 weeks) abortion “service”.  Using the drug mifepristone (otherwise known as RU-486 or the ‘abortion pill’) the demise of the unborn child can be brought about. This clinic is the first in New Zealand to offer abortions, although it is not their first attempt.  It is likely that some time in the future Family Planning will apply for licenses for other clinics.

3.  Family Planning want to decriminalise abortion
Not happy with New Zealand’s current law which in practice is abortion-on-demand, Family Planning have joined forces with the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) and Women’s Health Action, among others, to call for decriminalisation of abortion.  They call abortion “an essential women’s health service”, and the requirement to see two certifying consultants before the abortion is approved is seen to nullify the woman’s autonomy.  Under the name of “choice” and “health services” Family Planning want to make abortion even more easier to access in New Zealand.

4.  Family Planning push contraceptives and abortifacients
On the surface it might look to most people to be a great service to the community for Family Planning to be actively promoting and handing out contraceptives to young people.  Surely, many believe, this will keep youth from falling pregnant and contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)? But there is much that the general public are not told about contraception, for example:

    • In 2012, 47% of all abortions were performed because contraception failed.
    • Of that 47%, 4140 abortions occurred because of condom failure; 1551 were because the combined oral contraceptive failed; other methods listed included the progesterone-only contraceptive pill, emergency contraception, Depo Provera, IUDs and long-acting contraceptive implants.
    • Some contraceptives are actually abortifacient (meaning they cause early chemical abortions by making the womb hostile to implantation of a newly conceived embryo).  Ones to watch out for are the combined oral contraceptive, IUDS and long-acting contraceptive implants (like Jadelle).
    • There is a link between breast cancer and oral contraceptive pill use which is ignored (there is also a link between abortion and breast cancer).
    • The STI rate in New Zealand has been increasing since the long-acting contraceptive implant, Jadelle, has been made essentially free to get.

5.  Family Planning have 30 clinics throughout New Zealand and 32 school-linked clinics
While Family Planning “serve” people of all ages, their real target audience is New Zealand’s youth.  Under 22’s have free visits and there are 32 secondary school-linked clinics which occur either in or near secondary schools.  Family Planning clinics offer, among a few others, contraception, including emergency contraception; STI checks; the HPV vaccine; vasectomy; pregnancy tests and abortion referrals (and procedures in Tauranga).  These are the “services” that they are offering young people under the age of 22 and they are offering it in some of our High schools.

6.  Family Planning promote graphic sex education
It is a fallacy that more comprehensive sex education at younger ages brings about better “sexual health” and less teenage pregnancies.  Since sex education was introduced into New Zealand schools, the teenage pregnancy rate has soared, as has the incidence of STIs.  Sex education also encourages young people to engage in premarital and deviant sex.  When the student’s have to face the consequences of Family Planning’s graphic sex education, they know who to turn to for “help”.

7.  Family Planning promote homosexuality, promiscuity and sexual ‘experimentation’
Anything goes as far as sexual experimentation, homosexuality and promiscuity is concerned.  As long as no one is forced into anything and you are “responsible” (meaning using condoms and contraception) then all is fine.  Young people are not encouraged to wait until marriage to engage in sexual behaviour – every relationship should be sexual “if you are ready” in their book.  There is no encouragement for youth who are experiencing same-sex attraction to wait and quietly work through these feelings – no, according to Family Planning if you experience a same-sex attraction you must embrace it, tell the world and explore your orientation (meaning engage in sexual acts).

8.  Family Planning is funded by the New Zealand Government
For the year ended June 30th, 2012 the New Zealand Government (otherwise known as the humble taxpayer) paid Family Planning $10,993,059 to carry out their propaganda work.  Family Planning are a charity and they have their feet firmly planted in New Zealand politics ensuring that their agenda gets through.  Our Government is very grateful for them and are more than happy to bow down to their requests.

9.  Family Planning is affiliated to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
That means that Family Planning have to subscribe to all the things that IPPF stand for and that includes free access to abortion for women throughout the world with no restrictions what so ever. The IPPF has a plan entitled “Vision 2020” in which they are urging governments throughout the world (and that includes New Zealand) to prioritise what they call “sexual and reproductive health rights” (SRHS) as central in achieving sustainable development. In 2010 Family Planning were re accredited by IPPF, meaning that all standards and responsibilities of membership were met.

10.  Family Planning works in the Islands with their organisation Family Planning International
Working with partner organisations like Planned Parenthood and YWCA, Family Planning International spreads their reproductive and sexual “health” agenda throughout the Islands.  They plan to influence policy makers in our Pacific neighbour countries, forcing Western ideas about contraception and population control onto the cultures despite their religious and cultural beliefs in the area of sexuality.  Right now they are working in the Solomon Islands indoctrinating both men and women with their biased “sexual and reproductive health and rights education”.  Family Planning International is also working in Kiribati (which according to their website is the most exciting programme they have ever done).  Here, they are holding advocacy workshops for local Church leaders encouraging them to promote contraception amongst their congregations.  This is precisely what Margaret Sanger did in her day when she had the Black Church Ministers preach contraception to their congregations.

Family Planning is NOT a health organisation. It is in the sex business and it lures into sexual lifestyles with all the trauma and diseases that lifestyle brings.

 

 

 

 

 

Family Planning Declares War on Women

Media Release from Right to Life

Family Planning in a recent media release, have declared war on women in New Zealand. In September 2012, the Association announced in a media release that they were, together with the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand and the Women’s Health Action Trust embarking on a national campaign to have abortion decriminalised in New Zealand. The NZFPA media release stated, “that the time has come to have abortion removed from the Crimes Act 1961 and managed as a health matter.”

In 2009 the NZFPA stated in a media release that they were working within the law and “were not seeking to change it.” The NZFPA have now revealed their true intentions of ignoring the rights of unborn children and making it no longer a crime to kill an innocent and defenceless child in the womb. This position entails rejecting the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Contraception Sterilisation and Abortion that found that human life began at conception and that the unborn child as the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family deserved respect and legal protection. The NZFPA by rejecting the findings of the Royal Commission have set themselves up as the enemy of women and their precious unborn. Their stance is also an affront to Parliament which accepted in 1977 the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

The government should now cease funding the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA], a threat to women and their unborn. The Association is also the biggest abortion referral agency in New Zealand. The Association in 2009 received more than $11 million in government funding.

Family Planning should be seen as a threat to our children and to the family. Family Planning continue to seduce our children and undermine parental responsibility. It is appalling that the NZFPA should continue to be funded by the government.

The proposed national campaign would entail considerable lobbying of Members of Parliament and activating the community to support the campaign. The proposed change in the law would entail removing legal protection for the right to life of unborn children, the weakest and most defenceless members of the human family. It would also expose vulnerable women with an unplanned pregnancy to increased coercion, exploitation and abandonment by the father of the child.

The Association is the biggest abortion referral agency in New Zealand. They previously sought a licence for their Hamilton clinic to perform medical abortions. It was their stated objective to turn all their 30 clinics in New Zealand into abortion clinics for the killing of defenceless and helpless unborn children. The Association made a submission to the select committee dealing with the Care of Children Bill. The Association supported girls under the age of 16 having an abortion without the parents knowledge or consent. The Association regularly smuggles girls out of school to have an abortion without the knowledge of parents.

The Association degrades our sexuality by promoting promiscuity and sexual perversions such as masturbation, oral sex and anal sex. The Association shamelessly sells sex toys, vibrators and oral dams. All of this information is freely available on Family Planning’s website. It is time that New Zealand woke up to the damage that the tax payer funded Family Planning is doing to our community.

The philosophy of Family Planning is alien to a culture of life. At the Association’s Conference in May, 1979 the following policy was adopted;

“That the 19 doctors meeting as the Medical Advisory Committee of the NZPA recognise that the provision of abortion services is an important back-up measure in a comprehensive family planning programme.” Authorising abortions as a backup for failed contraception is unlawful.

The government should follow the good example of the United States Congress and State Legislatures who are increasingly aware of the damage inflicted on society by Planned Parenthood, the American equivalent of the NZFPA. There are now nine states that have defunded Planned Parenthood, there are many other states in the process of defunding Planned Parenthood.The latest example is the Texas Senate, which has defunded Texas Planned Parenthood by withdrawing funding of $64 million.

The NZFPA is part of the sex education lobby that is systematically undermining traditional morality and is aggressively promoting an ideology of lustful sexual licence while pretending to be concerned only with the health and safety of young people. As part of their subversive agenda, the Association has produced “a sexual and reproductive health guide for same sex attracted women” titled “Keeping it Safe” The guide is amoral, and promotes unnatural and degrading sexual practices that denigrate the dignity of women, our young women deserve better.

It is of concern that the guide is funded by the Ministry of Health. It may then be assumed that the Ministry approves of the contents of the guide and endorses the destructive agenda of the NZFPA. The task of the Ministry is to promote the health and wellbeing of the community, how then can the Ministry justify the investment of taxpayer funds to promote a lifestyle that is both immoral and a threat to the health of young women?

The NZFPA and Planned Parenthood are affiliates of the International Planned Parenthood Federation that supports China’s one child family policy with forced abortions and sterilisations which are a violation of human rights. It should come as no surprise as the founder of Planned Parenthood was the infamous Margaret Sanger, who was a racist and a eugenist. She stated that, “Our objective is unlimited sexual gratification without the burden of children.” and “the most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infants is to kill it.”

Right to Life earnestly requests that in the interest of the health and the wellbeing of the community, the government cease funding the NZFPA which promotes a culture of death.

International Planned Parenthood Universal access to Abortion; Is this the future for the Solomon Islands? Part Three

Read Part Two Here.

IPPF and overcoming cultural and religious opposition:

With regards to the Pacific region IPPF acknowledge; “Although non-government family planning organisations in the Pacific have shown a marked increase in clients if a wider range of methods were available, lack of staff training, lack of support, religious teachings against particular methods all pose a barrier to diversifying available methods.”(IPPF:2010)

Reviews of the Pacific Region also point out that the diversity of the Pacific region, means establishment of family planning programs is complex and not achieved quickly (Menyon & Power).  Reduction in fertility rates is achieved through changes in cultural perspectives as well as providing the means for contraception (Menyon & Power).

 To hasten progress pragmatic tactics are called for such as “analyze opposition messages and tactics and formulate messages and strategies that anticipate, respond and counteract them.” With this strategy in force IPPF then recommend employing social marketing of family planning (Strategic Plan:2010 Framework: 2005).

IPPF also aim to identify and engage at national, provincial and local level with the gatekeepers who can support or undermine Family Planning activities and use them to promote IPPF’s agenda (Menyon&Power).  IPPF acknowledge that Public servants direct policy and funds, individual teachers and headmasters can censor sex education in schools or give their own version(IPPF:2010).  

This approach has led IPPF to work through the local organisation Solomon Island Planned Parenthood Association, the YWCA and Christian groups (IPPF:2010).  IPPF also work with the Population Education and Youth Family Life Campaign which provides information to young women and girls by trusted local women (IPPF:2010).  SIPPA’s outreach programmes provide family planning through its clinics, community-based distribution activities and attempt to develop a positive awareness of “population issues” and family planning inormation by targeting specific radio programmes broadcast throughout the country and training primary school teachers in family planning to integrate it into the national curriculum (IPPF:2010). 

Targeting children is another primary aim which is achieved through introducing family planning philosophy to the national curriculum.  This is a favoured approach of the IPPF as it is a chance to offer family planning ideology to children when they are separated from their family and cultural networks where they are likely to be influenced more effectively (Sedlak:1997).  It also serves to present IPPF doctrine through teachers who are often trusted role models (Sedlak:1997).

By far the most effective proactive outreach programme is connected to the ICPD Plan of Action for 55% use of contraceptives in developing nations.   IPPF use SIPPA in a contact outreach method where health workers go door to door promoting and explaining contraceptive and family planning ideology.  This outreach has increased Contraceptive use by 300% (Chevalier in Menyon & Power:2010)). In conjunction with house calls IPPF have incorporated community based distribution of contraceptive supplies into their outreach programs through mobile clinics and peer educator programmes (Menyon & Power: 2010).

Contraceptives and the direct link to Abortion

It is important to be clear what is entailed when contraceptives are accepted in a country. The next stage of IPPF strategy will be pushed which is to bring the Solomon’s to MDG requirements of access to “safe” abortion.   

IPPF openly state that contraception does not occur without abortion being offered.  Malcolm Potts; past  IPPF Medical Director, talks of coming to the realisation that it is impossible to initiate a family planning program whose purpose is to limit population without widespread abortion. (Vision:2000) “Abortion and contraception are inextricably intertwined in their use.  As the idea of family limitation spreads through a community there appears to be a rise in the incidence of induced abortion at the point where the community begins to initiate the use of contraceptives. .. Abortion is the horse that pulls contraceptive practice into the community.  When abortion is omitted, then family planning programmes often lose direction.” (Potts:2000)

This ideology goes through all leavels of family planning associations with Crane and Horn; researchers for the United Nations Millennium Project and ICPD, recommending that; “to stabilise population, promoting use of effective means of contraception – as a substitute for abortion – is generally regarded as a desired policy goal.  At the same time, while supporting contraception, governments should also ensure access to legal, voluntary and safe abortion” (Horn & Craw:2006).

Conclusion:

It is vital to be prepared and initiate a strategy to counter IPPF aims for the Solomon Islands.  IPPF’s early stages of family planning are only one step in a long term strategy to bring abortion to the country and the Pacific Region.   Solomon Islanders are at a cultural crossroad where those who wish to preserve their religion and kastom and avoid the degradation to culture which comes with abortion need to formulate a strategy and actively and openly oppose IPPF.   IPPF will not stop at offering contraceptives, contraceptives and abortion are intertwined.

References:

“Abortion for All: How the International Planned Parenthood Federation promotes abortion around the world” lifeissues.net: clear thinking about crucial issues.  Report published by the Population Research Institute www.lifeissues.net 

Ben, Sarah & Siama, Crispin “IEC strategies on the prevention of teenage pregnancy among young people in Honiara” Supported by: Ministry of Health, United Nations Population Fund, Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

Bernstein, Stan.  Juul Hansen, Charlotte.  2006  “Public Choices, Private Decisions: Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Millennium Development Goals”  Millennium Project

Bulatao, R 1998 “The Value of Family Planning in Developing Countries RAND Santa Monica USA

C-Fam Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute “ IPPF Unveils Ten-Year Plan for Worldwide Abortion”

Chevalier, Christopher “Solomon Islands: Cultural and Social Considerations” www.acfid.asn.au

 Crane, Barbara B, Horn Smith Charlotte E:  2006 “Access to Safe Abortion : An Essential Strategy for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals to Improve Maternal Health, Promote Gender Equality, and Reduce Poverty” Prepared at the request of the UN Millennium Project

“Contraceptive Prevalence (% of Women Ages 15 – 49) in the Solomon Islands” www.tradingeconomics.com

Family Planning Association International Development Submission : To the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee On the Inquiry into New Zealand’s Relationship with South Pacific Island Countries 25 May 2007

Freedman, R.  Do Family Planning Programs affect fertility preferences? Studies in Family Planning Vol 28 number 1 March 1997 www.globalhealthfacts.org

Haberkorn, G Fertility and Mortality in the Pacific Islands , Pacific Health Dialog Vol 2 Number 1 March 1995

www.icomp.org.my “Identification of Gaps and Issues” UNFPA and ICPMP Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation Family Planning In Asia and Pacific – Addressing the Challenges 

International Family Planning “Cost-benefit analyses of family planning” www.fpi.org.nz

International Planned Parenthood Federation “Projects: Solomon Islands”  www.ippf.org

International Planned Parenthood Federation “Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) www.ippf.org

International Planned Parenthood “Framework 2005 – 2015” 2005

International Planned Parenthood Federation “Strategic Plan 2010 – 2015” Western Hemisphere Region, Inc :2010

Menyon, Maggie.  Power, Jennifer. “Family Planning in the Pacific Region: Getting the basics right” Paper presented at the International Symposium “Population Change in Asia and the Pacific: Implications for Development Policy” Australian Reproductive Health Alliance.

Pacifika Medical Association “Strategic Plan 2009 – 2014”

Paterson, Janis.  Tumanama Cowly, Esther.  Teuila, Percival and Williams, Maynard.  2004 “Pregnancy planning by mothers of Pacific infants recently delivered at Middlemore Hospital”   Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, 30 January 2004, Vol 117 No 1188

Sedlak, James W: 1997 “Deadly Deception” Human Life International

United Nations Social Development Division, Social Policy and Population Section. “Towards Health, Choice and Rights” Strategic Plan 2004 – 2008 International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network Regional Office.

 

International Planned Parenthood Universal access to Abortion; is this the future for the Solomon Islands? Part One

Current International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) have laid out a course of action to bring contraceptive use to 55% universally, in line with Millennium Development Goals, and to provide universal access to abortion regardless of religion, traditions or the reception of locals to IPPF philosophy.  This is a study of IPPF’s strategy and vision concerning the Solomon Islands who are in the early stage of IPPFs long term goal of universal access to abortion in the Pacific Islands.

What are International Planned Parenthood Federation?

IPPF has a membership of over 150 family planning association worldwide.  It has lobbied worldwide for the liberalization and eventual repeal of all laws that place any restrictions whatever on access to abortion (Sedlak:1997).  Although it has changed its rhetoric from  “the initiation and support of family planning services throughout the world” to less confronting terminology emphasising principles of “responsible parenthood” and concerns for the “health of families and young people” the IPPF primary objective is to provide family planning services including abortion on demand. (Vision 2000).

Echoing the positive rhetoric, the United Nations Economic and Social Council publish that IPPF;   “believe that improving the sexual and reproductive health of people will help them to lead socially and economically productive lives and take greater control over their own destinies”  (UNESCO:2004).  With these endorsements IPPF has been granted category 1 status within the United Nations Economic and Social Council and are tasked with promoting the UNESCO Plan  of Action chapter 15 as well as the Millennium Development Goals regarding maternal health and reproductive rights  (UNESCO:2004).    

The UNESCO International Conference on Population and Development Plan of Action sets out that; “Governments agreed that abortion should be safe where legal, but that it is up to nations to determine their own laws.  Governments also agreed that abortion should not “be promoted as a method of family planning.”(UNESCO:1994)  While there is no agreed definition of “as a method of family planning,” abortions in cases of rape, incest, and threat to the life or health of the woman should not be considered as belonging in this category.  Many reproductive health providers also consider that in making abortion readily available to women, they are not “promoting” abortion as a choice(Crane&Horn:2010).  The ICPD Programme of Action also endorses each individual’s right to determine the number and spacing of her children and to have the means to do so (United Nations, 1995a).  The view is expressed by UNESCO that exercising this right fully is impossible without access to abortion.” (Crane&Horn:2010)

With a central role in implementing MDG and UNESCO goals the IPPF are able to interpret these goals and implement their own strategy which is set out in documents such as IPPF Strategic Framework 2005 – 2015. In this IPPF outline a strategy to increase its own “provision of abortion services to the fullest extent permitted by law, with special attention to young women and under-served and marginalized groups.” (Framework:2005)IPPF will also provide abortion to adolescent girls as part of its “comprehensive youth-friendly high quality services.” programme.(Framework:2005) 

IPPF documents clearly state an agenda for legalisation of abortion in countries where the procedure is currently unlawful “IPPF and its member associations give special emphasis to maternal and child health and notably to the elimination of unsafe abortion, through information, advocacy and access to family planning and safe abortion services” (Vision 2000).

IPPF encourages members to “analyse, and advocate for changes in, restrictive national laws, policies, practices and traditions…” and encourages affiliates to “collaborate with other national organizations in promoting sexual and reproductive health services in an effort to bring pressure on governments to remove barriers to access (to abortion)” (Vision 2000).

An alarming aim of the IPPF is laid out in the 2010 – 2015 Framework is regarding abortion, IPPFs stated goal is to provide; “A universal recognition of a woman’s right to choose and have access to safe abortion.”(Framework:2005)  An international right to access abortion, could be an even more extensive right than the right to abortion with the implication that governments must pay for abortions, train doctors and set up abortion clinics to be in line with international requirements (Framework:2005).

The 2005 – 2015 Framework elaborate that; IPPF aim to continue its abortion “advocacy with governments, politicians, judiciary, health professionals and opinion-leaders to recognize, protect and fulfil these rights – either through legalization or decriminalization.”

Once legislative change is effected IPPF members will “inform women of their legal rights to safe abortion; provide access to safe abortion services; continually improve access to these services; and condemn incidents of any political administrative or social barriers curtailing this right.” (Framework:2005)  Where religious and cultural opposition stands in their way IPPF advocate; “enter into a dialogue with political, religious, and cultural opinion leaders to liberalise their attitudes toward safe abortion.” (Framework:2005).

Read Part Two of this article.