Saturday, May 31, 2003

C-FAM attracts attention

The Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute is an international organization watchdog, observing the UN, UNPFA, WHO, and similar organizations to make sure that these groups maintain proper respect for human dignity, especially concerning the unborn. They have been very successful in raising the awareness level of a variety of people, including politicians, regarding the actions these groups occasionally take.

Now, some bureaucrats in the EU are taking action. You can read all about in the most recent Friday Fax:
    EU opens office to counter US pro-life groups, including C-FAM

    The European Union has established a special office of the European Commission to combat US pro-life groups --- including the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute and the International Organizations Research Group --- which EU officials believe have become too influential within the European Parliament.

    In an internal memo obtained by the Friday Fax, Poul Nielson, European Commissioner for Overseas Development and Humanitarian Aid, deplored the efforts of this "small group of extremists." Nielson continued, "The US anti-choice groups are powerful, well-funded and determined. They hold extreme views on religion and sexuality.Several of the US groups (Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, International Organizations Research Group, Population Research Institute) have opened branches or have affiliates in Europe." [International Organizations Research Group is the research arm of C-FAM.]

    The European Union will now monitor and respond to these groups. According to Nielson, "Within the Commission, we need to be aware and alert for new campaigns to undermine the work of the EC [European Commission] and its partners in addressing reproductive health and we need to respond swiftly. A focal point to gather information and to coordinate a coherent rebuttal.has been established." There was no immediate information on the location of this "focal point," or how much EU money would be spent on the project.


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