Friday June 30, 2000


Terminology Exposes Intent on ICC

ROME, June 30 ( – On Friday, International Planned ParenthoodFederation (IPPF) accused Pope
John Paul II and the Catholic Church of engaging in “a kind of war” on women by teaching that
abortion, promiscuity, homosexuality and contraception are wrong. The comments come in response to
the foiled plans of the IPPF in pushing abortion and homosexuality at the Beijing +5 conference. They
also expose the feminist strategy with regard to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“The opinion and actions of the Holy See in regard to sexual and reproductive health and rights are
seen by many as a kind of war, a war that contributes to the suffering and deaths of millions of
innocent people, a war not conducted with guns and fire but with condemnation and psychological
terror,” said the IPPF letter.

The apparent intent of the IPPF in using the “war” terminology relates to the intent of the radical
feminist application of the ICC. The UN Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice released a pamphlet which
proposed that “withholding abortion from raped women should be explicitly defined as a war crime and
a crime against humanity.” In effect, this would define an aspect of fundamental Christian doctrine
and morality as a prosecutable offense in international law.

See the IPPF letter at:

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