TORONTO, December 19, 2003 ( – The Catholic Civil Rights League is shocked that the Center for Reproductive Rights does not want adolescents and children under 18 to marry, but wants them available for sex. So available, in fact, that one of the Center’s proposed projects is “undoing child abuse reporting requirements with respect to non-abusive sexual relations.”  This is just one of the Center’s plans, exposed when internal memos, obtained by the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), were introduced into the permanent US Congressional Record by Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ) on December 8, 2003.

A League press release says: “What if parents object? As far as the Center is concerned, parental objections are irrelevant and parental authority pernicious. A clandestine sexual relationship between a 30 year old man and a 14 year old girl who accepts his suggestions to have an IUD inserted would, according to the Center, be none of her parents’ business, since having sex and willingness to use birth control are proof of her ‘maturity’.”

After reading the CRR memos the League notes that CRR “intends to impose its morality upon the families of the world by using international agreements to attack and suppress parental authority.”  The League contends, “The consequences are predictable because they can already be seen in the wealthy west: alienation of parents and children, sexual promiscuity, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, abortion, adultery, pornography, an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, infertility, fatherless children living in poverty with single mothers, and a falling birth rate that cannot sustain populations or economies.”  The League concluded, “These are the ‘benefits’ that the Center and its supporting donors – most of them over 60 years old – will visit upon young families in the developing world. People of good will of all nations and faiths should collaborate to resist the moral and cultural imperialism of the Center for Reproductive Rights and its allies.”  A CCRL article about the CRR documents is available on the League website []. The CRR documents can be accessed at