Planned Parenthood Hires New Staffer to Promote Abortion on a Global Scale
by Steven Ertelt
June 15, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood has hired a new man who will head up the nation’s largest abortion business’ efforts to promote abortion on a global scale. The pro-abortion group is also delighted that President Barack Obama and his administration have done more to push abortion as an international right.
Veena Siddharth, the vice president for international programs at Planned Parenthood, talked about the latest developments in an email today to the group’s supporters.
She said Planned Parenthood has hired Jeff Meer to join the abortion business’ staff as the new director of international advocacy.
"Jeff has a long and distinguished background in international development and assistance, which includes having served as a career foreign service officer with the State Department with postings overseas and in Washington," Siddharth said.
Siddharth said Meer had participated in three international population conferences, including the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development.
Meanwhile, Siddharth applauded Obama and his administration.
"We’ve seen President Barack Obama rescind the [Mexico City Policy] and pave the way for increasing funding for UNFPA and USAID," she writes.
The Mexico City Policy was an administrative policy President Bush put in place to prevent forcing taxpayers to fund groups, like Planned Parenthood, that promote and perform abortions in other nations.
Obama also has sent more than $50 million to the UNFPA, the United Nation’s population group that has worked hand-in-hand with Chinese population control officials who have relied on human rights abuses such as forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations to enforce its one-child-per-couple rules.
Siddharth also applauded Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for "affirming the links between womens reproductive rights and broader diplomacy at the Planned Parenthood National Conference in Houston."
Clinton promoted abortion when she received the annual award from Planned Parenthood.
Siddharth said Obama and his administration have made it easier for Planned Parenthood to promote abortion in both domestic and international settings.
"With the change in political climate, there is renewed opportunity for Planned Parenthood to shape the conversation around such issues as global development, poverty reduction, reproductive rights, and the health and rights of young people," she said.
"We hope there will be more to come as global womens health advocates unite to push for $1 billion in funding for [abortion]," she concluded.
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