Wed Oct 19, 2011 - 2:25 pm EST
Vatican Radio should set the record straight about Cherie Blair’s support for Planned Parenthood
October 19, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Vatican Radio has just broadcast a fawning profile of, and interview with, Cherie Blair (replete with pleasant meditative incidental music), describing her as “a devout Catholic.” The interview included a discussion of how Mrs. Blair met charities on a weekly basis at No.10 Downing Street when her husband Tony was prime minister.
The interview made no mention, however, of the private reception at No.10 Mrs Blair hosted in July 2003 for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the world’s leading promoter and provider of abortion, and its “Lust for Life” fundraising campaign. The interview also failed to mention that, at the annual Labour party conference in September 2005, Mrs. Blair celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Family Planning Association (fpa), the UK branch of IPPF, helping to cut a special birthday cake (and pictured here jokingly offering a condom to the camera-man.) Both IPPF and FPA endorsed the failed campaign to remove the Holy See from the United Nations.
The interview focused on Mrs Blair’s work on women’s issues; yet made no mention that she is notorious for claiming that her career success would not have been possible if not for contraception. In December 2009 she claimed that:
Controlling our fertility has been one of the key reasons why women have been able to progress.
On her website, in the section “About this site”, Mrs Blair writes:
This website is dedicated to the issues that concern me, to helping improve the position of women throughout the world by sharing information and by safeguarding and promoting human rights. At the heart of the website is the Women of the World section.
On a page in the Women of the World section, Mrs Blair says:
The [United Nations] Convention [on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) ... is the only human rights treaty which affirms the reproductive rights of women.
“Reproductive rights” is a term commonly used to include abortion on demand.
The page ends by linking to the CEDAW committee, which is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the CEDAW convention. The CEDAW committee uses the CEDAW convention to bully countries into allowing abortion, even though the convention doesn’t mention abortion. The CEDAW committee issued a report calling upon the UK government to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland.
The Vatican Radio interview was conducted “after she spoke to participants at a recent conference in Rome organized by the Women’s Studies Institute at the Pontifical Atheneum Regina Apostolorum”. Both Vatican Radio and Regina Apostolorum should know better than to have given Mrs Blair a platform. In 2004 the U.S. bishops approved a policy stating, in part:
The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.
“[P]latforms which would suggest support for their actions” had been interpreted to mean “speaking invitations, as these invitations would suggest support for their actions.” In February 2008 a number of prominent US Catholic leaders signed a joint letter which:
urge[d] our fellow leaders of Catholic schools, universities, hospitals, charitable organizations, advocacy groups, media and other institutions to refrain from all activities that provide a public platform to, or imply support or even neutrality toward, political leaders and candidates who advocate positions on serious moral issues that are clearly contrary to Catholic teaching, most especially the Church’s reverence for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.