7 April 2014

Let's put the emphasis on health

MCI is dedicated to providing positive options for women and their children. These options promote a culture of life, not death, and include safe delivery, transportation to medical facilities, pre and post natal care, breast feeding clinics and much more. This article on the UNFPA's desire to prioritize the very opposite of those options is particularly unsettling as it goes against what we at MCI have worked so very hard for. 

29 March 2014

"It is the new colonialism."

The upcoming Toronto summit called by Prime Minister Stephen Harper seeks to address maternal, newborn and child health. The summit, to be held May 28-30, will convene global leaders and Canadian experts and comes almost four years after Harper launched the so-called Muskoka Initiative aimed at saving the lives of mothers and young children in the developing world.

More from the Catholic Register,

OTTAWA - Pro-life groups say they will keep a hopeful but watchful eye on an upcoming Toronto summit called by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to address maternal, newborn and child health.
The summit, to be held May 28-30, will convene global leaders and Canadian experts and comes almost four years after Harper launched the so-called Muskoka Initiative aimed at saving the lives of mothers and young children in the developing world. The purpose of the summit is to “take stock of the progress made to date and discuss the way forward,” according to a government news release. [...]
Despite that [CIDA Minister Bev Oda awarded the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) $6 million], LifeCanada executive director Natalie Hudson Sonnen said “it is encouraging to see Canada taking the lead with this very pressing international issue.” She noted that maternal and child mortality has been “cut in half ” in some poverty-stricken countries.
Like Brownrigg, however, Sonnen questioned an agenda, she said is “to promote abortion and contraception, the world over. It is the new colonialism.”
Sonnen alleged that $40 million CIDA awarded to the United Nations Population Front (UNFPA) supports “organizations notorious for providing abortions.” At the same time, she said MaterCare International, devoted entirely to obstetrical care in Africa, has applied for government funding 12 times and been denied each time.
“While not a penny of Canadian tax dollars would go towards abortion with an organization like MaterCare, the IPPF and the UNFPA, regardless of whether or not they are providing abortions, are most certainly using our tax dollars to provide powerful contraceptives to women in these developing countries,” Sonnen said. “They also use the funding to lobby governments both at the local and regional levels for ‘sexual and reproductive rights,’ the euphemism for abortion.”

24 March 2014

"Pope Francis' Message to the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life"

From Zenit.org,
The work undertaken takes as its theme “Aging and Disability”. It is a topic that is extremely relevant to our own day, and something likewise always very close to the Church’s heart. Indeed, in our society one encounters the tyrannical dominion forced upon us by a logic of economics that discounts, excludes and at times evens kills our elderly––and today so many fall victim to this. “We have created a ‘throw away’ culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised––they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the ‘exploited’ but the outcast, the ‘leftovers’ (EG, 53).” The social-demographic predicament of the aged is a stark reminder of this exclusion of the elderly person, and especially when he or she is ill, disabled or for any other reason rendered vulnerable. One easily forgets that the relations among human beings are always relations of reciprocal dependence, which manifest themselves according to different degrees throughout the life of a person and become indispensable in situations of old age, illness, disability and indeed suffering in general. This requires of all of us our offers of necessary help through interpersonal as well as community relationships, in an attempt to answer the present need of these persons in their respective situations.
At the root of any discrimination and exclusion there is, however, an anthropological question: how much is man worth and upon what does one base this value of his? Health is certainly an important value, yet it does not determine a person’s value. Furthermore, health is not in and of itself a guarantee of happiness––this is verified even in the event of unstable health. The fullness toward which all human life is oriented is not in contradiction with any condition of illness and suffering. Hence, the lack of health or the fact of one’s disability are never valid reasons for exclusion or, and what is worse, the elimination of persons. The gravest deprivation experienced by the aged is not the weakening of one’s physical body, nor the disability that may result from this. Rather, it is the abandonment, exclusion and deprivation of love.