by Steven Ertelt
April 23, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Ellen Sauerbrey is a leading Bush administration official who handles population-related issues for the president. She represents the United States at the United Nations and other worldwide gatherings but abortion advocates are targeting her because she carries the president’s pro-life policies wherever she goes.
Sauerbrey is the Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration.
In her capacity she’s urged that the United Nations not use documents to coerce nations into approving legalized abortion and she called on China to released Chen Guancheng, an attorney who was jailed on bogus charges after calling for the nation to end forced abortions.
Because of her actions, the Population Research Institute says Sauerbrey recently received a harshly worded letter signed by 19 European Union politicians.
They urged her not to attend this year’s World Congress on Families IV. That’s an event in Warsaw, Poland next month featuring an international coalition of pro-life leaders, organizations, and scholars.
Colin Mason, PRI’s media director, tells LifeNews.com that "The EU politicians told Sauerbrey that by going to Warsaw she would ‘provide an official U.S. government stamp of approval to extremist and intolerant views held by some participants and attendees.’"
The letter went on to list some of these pro-life “intolerant extremists” by name, including Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo of the Vatican, the head of the Pontifical Council on the Family, and PRI director Steven W. Mosher.
They criticized Mosher for speaking openly of Europe’s demographic decline and falsely assert that PRI “claims that Muslims are to blame" for all of Europe’s problems.
"We stand by our statement that Europe is facing demographic catastrophe,” says Mosher. “Anyone looking at the falling birthrate in countries from Ireland to Russia cannot help but conclude that present-day Europeans are committing a kind of national suicide."
Mason says "The letter may have been the work of the pro-abortion group, Catholics for a Free Choice who first leaked it to the press in an April 17 press release."
CFFC president Jon O’Brien called Sauerbrey’s decision to address the conference “scandalous” and accused her of hypocrisy," Mason added.
PRI is pleased that Ellen Sauerbrey has rejected this kind of intolerant bullying, Mason said.
"Secretary Sauerbrey’s appearance at the Congress will help Europe face up to the grim realities of demographic decline," Mosher added on behalf of the group.
"We welcome the wrong-headed and probably barren politicians who signed this misleading letter to join us at the conference as well," he said. "They might learn something."
Mason says the politicians represent only a handful of the EU Parliament’s 726 members.