Autor: ---- Fuente: C-FAM (Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute)

Financial documents reveal that the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) pays many of its executives hundreds of thousands of dollars, even though IPPF Director-General Steven Sinding has claimed that IPPF's loss of funding from the United States has damaged the organization and even cost women in the developing world their lives.

For instance, the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Gloria Feldt, earned $460,277 in 2003. George Stokes, the organization' Chief Operating Officer, earned $204,846. The Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of New York City, Michael Momtaz, was paid $310,064, plus $72,617 in benefits, in 2002. The Regional Director of IPPF/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), Carmen Barroso, earned $197,000, plus over $20,000 in benefits, in 2003.

IPPF financial and strategic documents obtained by the Friday Fax also show that IPPF is poised to engage in a major campaign to make abortion legal and accessible throughout Latin America. In the course of one year, IPPF more than quadrupled how much it spent on abortion promotion in Latin American, from $199,761 in 2002 to $849,769 in 2003. It intends to maintain this spending level through 2009.

By 2009, IPPF/WHR expects to have established an "increase in the number of Member Associations working on abortion related activities," as well as "a fourfold increase in the number of safe-abortions or abortion-related services provided in the region by Member Associations (from 507 abortion-related services provided in 2002 to 2028 by 2009)."

An IPPF/WHR Strategic Plan also hopes to achieve an "increase in the number of EC (Emergency Contraceptives) visits by 400% (from 2000 EC visits in 2003 to 10,000 EC visits per year by 2009)." Emergency contraceptives act as abortifacients, since they often work by stopping an already conceived human embryo from implanting in the uterus.

IPPF/WHR will take these actions to promote abortion in order to counter the "growing opposition from conservative forces that have gained greater power in recent years. Often acting in the name of religion, they effectively utilize media and advocacy strategies to dominate public debate and thwart progress."

One of the documents also candidly admits that, "In the past, the principal IPPF/WHR strategy to reduce unsafe abortion was to increase access to contraception. It has become clear that this alone is not sufficient and that access to safe abortion is indispensable to the prevention of unsafe abortion."

IPPF/WHR plans to expand its involvement with "Catholics" for a Free Choice (CFFC) in order to undermine the influence of the Church in Latin America. According to CFFC President, Frances Kissling, "IPPF/WHR has always been a close colleague, but in the last year we've seen increased passion, along with a new vision for the future of reproductive health and rights in the region. Hope, it is said, is the best contraceptive, and IPPF/WHR is leading the field in giving women hope."
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