IPPF/WHR Presents: Sex, Lies and the Global Gag Rule

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region

    NEW YORK, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Alexander Sanger, a leading advocate for family planning, will be the featured
 speaker at "Sex, Lies and the Global Gag Rule: The New Administration and its
 Effects Throughout the Americas," an event hosted by the International Planned
 Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) at the Marines'
 Memorial Club in San Francisco on April 26. Mr. Sanger will explore the
 implications of President Bush's reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy,
 often referred to as the global gag rule because it prohibits U.S. funding to
 international organizations that use money from other sources for abortion-
 related activities, including counseling or lobbying to change abortion laws.
     Mr. Sanger is the chairman of IPPF/WHR's International Planned Parenthood
 Council (IPPC), a body that advocates and raises funds for IPPF/WHR's
 programs. The former president of Planned Parenthood of New York City and its
 international arm, the Margaret Sanger Center International, Mr. Sanger is
 also the grandson of Margaret Sanger, one of the founders of the family
 planning movement in the United States and of the IPPF.  Mr. Sanger, who is a
 Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund, travels the world
 advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights, both of which are
 threatened by the gag rule.
     "The bitter irony of the gag rule is that it will only result in a greater
 number of abortions worldwide, especially those performed in unsafe
 conditions," said Sanger. Since U.S. funding for abortion-related activities
 abroad has been prohibited for decades, these new restrictions will have the
 greatest impact on the international organizations' other programs, such as
 family planning services that help reduce unplanned pregnancies and abortions.
     IPPF/WHR affiliates in Latin America and the Caribbean provide more than
 4.4 million family planning services each year. In 1999, these family planning
 organizations received more than $13 million in US federal funds; but they
 will no longer be eligible for this money unless they certify that they do not
 carry out abortion-related activities, including lobbying. "Organizations that
 insist upon maintaining the right under their own laws to lobby governments or
 provide abortions will no longer be eligible for US funding; this means that
 the best organizations in the field of family planning around the world will
 lose out," said Sanger.
     IPPF/WHR stands to lose up to $1.8 million in funding in 2001 if it does
 not sign the restrictions the policy places on a new project. Furthermore, US
 funding cuts to the IPPF headquarters in London, projected at $8 million over
 the next two years, may mean the extinction of several family planning
 organizations that depend on core funding from the IPPF.
 
     What: IPPF/WHR event: SEX, LIES AND THE GLOBAL GAG RULE
     When: Thursday, April 26, 2001, 6-8pm
     Where: Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel, San Francisco
     For more information: email: info@ippfwhr.org or call 212 248-6400.
 
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SOURCE International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region
    NEW YORK, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Alexander Sanger, a leading advocate for family planning, will be the featured
 speaker at "Sex, Lies and the Global Gag Rule: The New Administration and its
 Effects Throughout the Americas," an event hosted by the International Planned
 Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) at the Marines'
 Memorial Club in San Francisco on April 26. Mr. Sanger will explore the
 implications of President Bush's reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy,
 often referred to as the global gag rule because it prohibits U.S. funding to
 international organizations that use money from other sources for abortion-
 related activities, including counseling or lobbying to change abortion laws.
     Mr. Sanger is the chairman of IPPF/WHR's International Planned Parenthood
 Council (IPPC), a body that advocates and raises funds for IPPF/WHR's
 programs. The former president of Planned Parenthood of New York City and its
 international arm, the Margaret Sanger Center International, Mr. Sanger is
 also the grandson of Margaret Sanger, one of the founders of the family
 planning movement in the United States and of the IPPF.  Mr. Sanger, who is a
 Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund, travels the world
 advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights, both of which are
 threatened by the gag rule.
     "The bitter irony of the gag rule is that it will only result in a greater
 number of abortions worldwide, especially those performed in unsafe
 conditions," said Sanger. Since U.S. funding for abortion-related activities
 abroad has been prohibited for decades, these new restrictions will have the
 greatest impact on the international organizations' other programs, such as
 family planning services that help reduce unplanned pregnancies and abortions.
     IPPF/WHR affiliates in Latin America and the Caribbean provide more than
 4.4 million family planning services each year. In 1999, these family planning
 organizations received more than $13 million in US federal funds; but they
 will no longer be eligible for this money unless they certify that they do not
 carry out abortion-related activities, including lobbying. "Organizations that
 insist upon maintaining the right under their own laws to lobby governments or
 provide abortions will no longer be eligible for US funding; this means that
 the best organizations in the field of family planning around the world will
 lose out," said Sanger.
     IPPF/WHR stands to lose up to $1.8 million in funding in 2001 if it does
 not sign the restrictions the policy places on a new project. Furthermore, US
 funding cuts to the IPPF headquarters in London, projected at $8 million over
 the next two years, may mean the extinction of several family planning
 organizations that depend on core funding from the IPPF.
 
     What: IPPF/WHR event: SEX, LIES AND THE GLOBAL GAG RULE
     When: Thursday, April 26, 2001, 6-8pm
     Where: Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel, San Francisco
     For more information: email: info@ippfwhr.org or call 212 248-6400.
 
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 SOURCE  International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region