NewsWed Feb 4, 2009 - 12:15 pm EST
Mexicans Protest Obama’s Decision to Fund International Abortionist Organizations
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
MEXICO CITY, February 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Mexican pro-life organization protested outside of the U.S. embassy on Monday in response to the Obama administration’s decision to approve the use of potentially billions of dollars in American foreign aid funds for overseas abortion providers.
The group, from Mexico’s National Pro-Life Committee, wore Obama masks and handed out fake U.S. dollars to passers-by, denouncing the decision. They also delivered a formal letter of protest to embassy personnel.
"We believe that this resolution constitutes an act of extermination, as well as an imperialist gesture that aggresses against the lives and integrity of pregnant Mexican women," wrote the Committee president, Jorge Serrano, to the U.S. government.
"If in the United States they are willing to murder babies, they should also be willing to suffer the consequences," the letter also states, adding that it is unjust that "by the force of money" they are attempting to "impose a similar atrocity in Mexico."
The letter also denounced the "false premises" underlying population control programs promoted by the United States, such as the claim that population growth retards economic development and harms the environment.
The decision by the Obama administration to lift the so-called "Mexico City Policy," which prohibits organizations that provide abortions or do abortion referrals from receiving U.S. funding, will make billions of dollars of aid available to such groups.
The US already gives $400 million annually to "family planning" organizations that promote contraception and sterilization. With billions more scheduled to be given to fight AIDS in Africa, funding for such groups could skyrocket in the coming years.
The decision to cancel the Mexico City Policy has proven unpopular even within the United States. A recent Gallup poll revealed that only 35 percent of Americans support the decision, while 58% percent oppose it (see LifeSiteNews coverage at http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/feb/09020306.html).