Controversial D&P partner removes article from website following LSN exposé
MEXICO CITY, March 31, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An organization funded by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) pulled a page from its website yesterday in which its leader, Fr. Luis Arriaga Valenzuela, congratulates the director of the pro-abortion organization “Catholics for the Right to Decide” for her “outstanding career.”
Arriaga, who is currently on a speaking tour in Canada to encourage Catholics to donate to D&P, made the comments at the event while receiving an award at the same time as Consuelo Mejía, director of Catholics for the Right to Decide, and another pro-abortion activist, Marisa Belausteguigoitia of the University Program for Gender Studies (PUEG). A photo on the page showed Arriaga smiling and standing next to the two as they all hold their awards.
The page was eliminated following an LSN exposé published Tuesday night documenting the pro-abortion activities of Arriaga’s organization, the “Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights,” (PRODH) and discussing his connections to Catholics for the Right to Decide, a group Arriaga has repeatedly supported in his statements and actions.
Although the page is no longer available on the website, LSN had already captured it in a PDF. It can be also be found here.
Regarding the event, in which the pro-abortion government of Mexico City gave an award to Mejía, Arriaga’s website said: “The PRODH center congratulates [the Mexico City government] for this decision that supports the outstanding career of Consuelo Mejia ... in the defense of the rights of women and the promotion of gender equality.”
Arriaga himself was quoted by the pro-abortion news service CIMAC as saying “we recognize the support of the activity carried out by Consuelo Mejía and the PUEG (Belausteguigoitia’s organization), who have taught us lessons about new types of human relations, for the consolidation of an egalitarian society.”
As LSN has reported previously, the event is not the first time that Arriaga and his PRODH center have shown support for Catholics for the Right to Decide and other pro-abortion causes. Radio Bemba reported in 2010 that Arriaga participated in a panel discussion at a forum celebrating the 15th anniversary of Catholics for the Right to Decide, which was organized “to reflect on the contribution of this organization [Catholics for the Right to Decide] to the defense of the human rights of women and girls and the challenges that churches have regarding the topic of sexual and reproductive rights,” according to the radio station.
Moreover, Arriaga’s PRODH shares membership with Catholics for the Right to Decide in a pro-abortion “human rights” network called All Rights for Everyone (Todos los Derechos para Todos y Todas), which itself is listed as a grant recipient in D&P’s 2006-2011 plan.
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