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Sunday, 31 October 2010

40 days for life in London ends today ... but the battle for life continues, not only in Europe and the USA but all around the world....

We went to pray in front of the Marie Stopes abortion clinic in London yesterday. As we were approaching the end of 40 days for life the crowd was getting bigger and bigger. Each person desperately wanting to show their support for life. For the Divine Mercy hour there were around 40 people praying together “Have mercy on us and on the whole world”. The sight was impressive: a legion of “life defendants” standing like soldiers and begging for the Divine Mercy. Young people, families with babies …

And the words of prayer were very meaningful in those circumstances. We were all UK residents (foreigners and British nationals) … not like “The Independent” quoted - a bunch of Texans where the “40 days for life” originates from. Well educated and well aware of what is happening … and ready to defend the lives.

It has already been a long battle but we Trust in God that He will listen to our prayers and put an end to the biggest genocide that has ever happened and is allowed to continue still.

Let’s start from the beginning. As the sign says, Stopes opened the UK's first family planning clinic, the Mothers' Clinic at 61, Marlborough Road, on 17 March 1921. It was called the Birth Control Clinic. Stopes and her fellow family planning pioneers around the globe, like Dora Russell, played a major role in so called reproductive health. In 1930 the National Birth Control Council was formed. It was a time of Margaret Sanger in the USA (IPPF today), Shidzue Ishimoto in Japan, and Elise Ottesen-Jensen (founder of RFSU which belongs to IPPF today and one of the founders of IPPF) in Norway and Sweden – who tried to appeal to individuals’ rights to health and happiness while organizing services to meet their needs. Ottesen-Jensen argued for sterilization or isolation of the unfit so the society. The first editorial of Marie Stope’s “Birth Control News” emphasized that her organization did “NOT desire to see the numbers of English People reduced. Instead it wanted to “recruit” from healthy, well-conditioned individuals only”. She declared “there has never been any birth control movement that did not lay stress on the eugenic side of it”. The terms ‘birth control’ was coined first by Margaret Sanger, and she did mean control. It was in 1914 and she was with her friends in her New York apartment. They considered ‘neo-Malthusiam’, ‘voluntary parenthood’, ‘voluntary parenthood’, ‘family control’, ‘race control’… and then it came ‘birth control’… but who exercised that control, by what means, and for what purposes, were questions that persisted since then…

Stopes was a prominent campaigner for the implementation of policies inspired by eugenics. In her Radiant Motherhood (1920) she called for the "sterilisation of those totally unfit for parenthood [to] be made an immediate possibility, indeed made compulsory." She contributed a chapter manifesto to The Control of Parenthood (1920), comprising a sort of manifesto for her circle of Eugenicists, arguing for a "utopia" to be achieved through "racial purification". In 1935 Stopes attended the International Congress for Population Science in Berlin, held under the Nazi regime. She was more than once accused of being anti-Semitic by other pioneers of the birth control movement such as Havelock Ellis. Following the death of Marie Stopes in 1958, a large part of her personal fortune went to the Eugenics Society that is now called The Galton Institute (It was founded in 1908 as the Eugenics Education Society, becoming the Eugenics Society in 1926 (often known as the British Eugenics Society to distinguish it from others), with the aim of promoting eugenics, it changed its name to the Galton Institute in 1989).

From the 1920s onward, Marie Stopes gradually built up a small network of clinics that were initially very successful, but by the early 1970s were in financial difficulties. In 1975 the clinics went into voluntary receivership. The modern organisation that bears Marie Stopes' name was established a year later as an international Non-Governmental Organisation working on Sexual and Reproductive Health. The Marie Stopes International (MSI) global partnership took over responsibility for the main clinic, and in 1978 it began its work overseas in New Delhi. Since then the organisation has grown steadily and today the MSI works in 38 countries, has 452 clinics worldwide. “In 2006 alone, the organisation provided services to 4.6 million clients and by 2010 aims to protect 15 million couples from unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortion” – quote.

The main focus is, however, not on European countries but on developing ones, still so many years after the first eugenics memorandums. Below you will find the strategic priorities for Marie Stopes International. I hope that will make you think about how much we need to focus our efforts not only on Europe but on developing countries as well, where people luck education and financial support to make sound and preferable decisions. The latest MSI campaign "Make Women Matter" with all the strategies behind should make you think. Yes, their lives matter to us but the solutions proposed by MSI are outrageous.

How much 'every women matters' for them is scandalous and do not be fooled by Freudian double talk (see photo).

Marie Stopes International aims to do this by (quote):

"Strategic priority one:

• continuing to expand into new countries, with a focus on Africa, as well as expanding within all existing country programmes

• providing the widest range of contraceptive choice with the aim of providing protection to more than 15 million couples from unplanned pregnancy and unsafe abortion during the year

• rolling out medical abortion into at least 12 countries and increase dramatically the number of safe abortions and post abortion care we provide around the world

• expand our service delivery infrastructure via the number of outreach activities Marie Stopes International undertakes and via the BlueStar social franchising network.

Strategic priority three:

increase locally earned income, principally from MSI’s clinics
• continuing to build general reserves both in the UK and throughout the Group"

This is about something much bigger than choice. It is about what it means to be human. There is an agenda here to rid the world of the "poorest" and "weakest" in society (as decided by a handful of selfish people), and in the world. We need to stop this. Anyone passionate in joining me to fight for the lives of babies in developing countries, for those most vulnerable and poor that according to the terrible western/donor policies do not deserve to live because the population growth is out of control ... please let me know

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