THE 78,000-strong national protest that gripped America on August 21, concerns Zambia because it was all about Planned Parenthood which also operates here.
The organisation has been accused of promoting and carrying out thousands of abortions and selling body parts of aborted babies.
The latest is that the US House of Congress has voted to block Planned Parenthood’s federal funds for a year, as Republican leaders tried to keep outrage over abortion from spiraling into an impasse with President Barack Obama that could shut down Government.
Associated Press reported that the House voted 241-187 for the legislation, with just three Republicans and two Democrats defecting from their party lines.
“The measure stands little chance of enactment, since Senate Democrats have enough votes to block it and for good measure the White House has promised a veto.”
Planned Parenthood Association in Zambia (PPAZ) has disclaimed any connection to the events surrounding Planned Parenthood in the US.
PPAZ executive director Edford Mutuma says: “PPAZ is a federation and has no major relationship on the local policies and law with PPA in America. The reports have no impact on the organisation. The organisation will not be affected.”
The matter was blazing not merely on the American streets, where 49 of the 52 states in the US protested at 337 Planned Parenthood centres nationwide. It has rippled as far as the European Commission where a member of the European Parliament has formally asked for action on the matter because of significant funding that the EU accords the NGO.
It all stems from gruesome videos released by the Centre for Medical Progress (CMP) showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing sales of fetal body parts.
A top medical official overseeing abortions with Planned Parenthood admits on hidden camera that the organisation charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses illegal partial-birth abortion procedures to get sellable parts, and is aware of their own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.
She describes how abortion procedures are altered not for the safety of women but to get the most marketable body parts, including intact livers, hearts and heads, which are highly sought by those who procure human body tissue for research.
In the video, she speaks in detail about how she meticulously ‘crushes’ above and below the thorax to destroy the baby while leaving its head intact. She further said she ‘huddles’ with her staff in the morning to go over which body parts are requested by buyers and then comes up with a game plan to harvest those organs from the unborn babies that will be aborted that day.
The US Congress will investigate Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling body parts from aborted babies.
House Speaker John Boehner (Republican-Ohio) announced in mid-July that he will direct the ‘relevant committees’ to look into the practice. He also called upon President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell “to denounce, and stop, these gruesome practices.”
Boehner said, “Nothing is more precious than life, especially an unborn child. When anyone diminishes an unborn child, we are all hurt, irreversibly so. When an organisation monetizes an unborn child—and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video—we must all act.”
Republican presidential candidates and other pro-lifers were sickened and outraged.
“The truth of Planned Parenthood’s grisly objectives is now confirmed,” Michele Bachmann told WND. “Planned Parenthood’s goal has always been about making hundreds of millions of dollars a year off the troubles of young pregnant women,” said the retired congresswoman from Minnesota.
“Planned Parenthood makes money on birth control, on youth sex education (which doesn’t discourage underage sexual activity), on abortions (as the largest abortion provider in the United States), and now on the illegal trafficking of aborted fetal parts.
“It is time for Congress and state legislatures to wake up, take action and stop taxpayer money from going to this heartless organization responsible, literally for the deaths of millions of unborn Americans,” declared Bachmann.
In light of all these matters, similar organizations operating in Zambia must be made to explain the true nature and goals of their work here.
There is a precedent.
On July 26, 2012 the Times of Zambia reported that Government had banned Marie Stopes International from performing abortions after discovering the NGO had committed 490 illegal abortions in five months.
In Zambia, the Abortions Act of 1972 permits abortion only to save the life of the mother, and a life-threatening condition that must be certified by three doctors.
Illegal abortion is equated with murder, and the penalty by law is life imprisonment or the death sentence.
Marie Stopes International performed 490 abortions from January until May with the approval of a named doctor who authorized 430 abortions in Nakonde, 30 in Kasama and another 30 in Mpika in the nation’s Northern and Muchinga provinces.
Then Northern Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba indicated Marie Stopes International was performing abortions for the sake of convenience, unwanted pregnancy, or economic concerns.
In a letter, he urged Provincial Police Commissioner Mary Chikwanda to pursue criminal charges against all parties involved.
“The management has been ordered to suspend abortion services immediately,” said Health Minister Joseph Kasonde during a Press conference in Lusaka. “However, the rest of the services may continue, and the organization may continue to operate in the country.”
The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia’s executive director, Pukuta Mwanza, said as a Christian nation, Zambia should adhere to the Bible’s teaching on the sanctity of life.
Abortion harmed both mother and child. He noted that the illegal abortions Government had uncovered took place in remote areas, implying a higher proportion of such procedures take place in urban areas.
Marie Stopes International, the largest abortion charity in the UK, operates more than 600 clinics in 42 countries around the world. Their “outreach teams” reach 12,000 remote rural locations and inner city slums.
The Washington Post reported on August 22 that groups opposed to abortion protested to draw attention to Planned Parenthood and get the Obama administration to terminate federal funding for “the controversial health-care organization.”
“We want to draw attention to the injustice of legalized abortion,” Monica Miller, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, one of the participating groups, told USA Today.
“The American public needs to be awakened to the atrocity of what is happening to innocent unborn children.”
With 337 sites reporting out of a total of 354, total participation hit 78,590, making this the single largest protest day in the history of the pro-life movement.
The protest has generated concern in the European Union.
Miroslav Mikolášik, a member of the European Parliament, has formally asked the European Commission if it is aware of the videos produced by the Centre for Medical Progress; if it intends to condemn Planned Parenthood’s actions and suspend funding until US authorities complete a thorough investigation; and if it intends to prevent Planned Parenthood from joining the European Commission’s lawsuit against the ‘One of Us’ European Citizen Initiative; a grassroots effort to end the commission’s funding of abortion.”
The questions were posted on Facebook, and point out that Planned Parenthood is “a major recipient of EU funds for development aid.”
“As a report by European Dignity Watch revealed in 2012, these funds are heavily used to fund abortions outside the EU, including in countries where abortion is illegal,” Mikolášik noted.
“Is the commission aware of this practice and the video evidence published by the Centre for Medical Progress?” he asks.
“Will the commission condemn this practice and suspend all direct or indirect funding of Planned Parenthood facilities, projects or programmes until such time as the US authorities have carried out a thorough investigation into the matter?”
“No one should be forced to fund a wealthy corporation caught on camera negotiating the sale of baby parts,” said Sophia Kuby, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) spokeswoman based in Brussels.
“The money of the people of Europe should not be used for such atrocities. We hope the commission will respond to the MEP’s questions by saying that it will act immediately to suspend funding for Planned Parenthood in light of these developments.”
The ADF pro-life organization of thousands of lawyers who fight on behalf of life, religious rights and other matters.
In a statement, the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM) called on the European Commission to stop the funding of Planned Parenthood after the release of (currently) seven videos from the Centre for Medical Progress.
“ECPM calls on the Commission to take this matter seriously, especially because of the sensitivity of the issue. Besides this, it should be standard procedure that any funding by the European Commission to an organization that is charged with serious allegations, will be thoroughly reviewed.”
Planned Parenthood has received more than 10 million euro via the European Commission in the period between 2007 and 2014.
“Apart from any ideological view on this issue, it is clear that any abortion is a personal tragedy. Gaining a profit from abortions is therefore morally questionable. However, doing so in an illegal way is something that should be rejected and combated by any governmental institution or political ideology. Therefore stopping the funding of Planned Parenthood due to the current investigations is the only right action to take, regardless from any ideological view on abortion.”
The conflict warrants some rethinking on Zambian soil, and important questions should be answered by the Ministry of Health:
What on earth is the meaning of wave after wave of public health campaign that come from overseas with a lot of media hype and fanfare? Is Zambia the most willing research specimen in Africa, swiftly embracing every health vaccine concocted in Geneva or New York?
There are perceptions in both urban and rural areas that there is a hidden agenda to reduce numbers of black people by inoculating them with substances that will make it impossible for generations to have children in future.
For example, the frail explanations given for targeting girls in primary schools for Human Papilloma Virus vaccinations have in fact fuelled such fears among many Zambians.
Health workers will admit that more work needs to be done today than before to convince communities that vaccines are not intended to make their little daughters barren.
Then there are lethal substances that have been banned in the West and around Africa, which Zambia continues to gobble up as rebranded (camouflaged) products. Take contraceptives Depo-Provera and Jadelle (Norplant 2) which are in use here.
Dr MimmieNgum Chi Watts, Lecturer Community Health, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, reported on Diaspora News on August 14 that countries including Germany have long banned the use of Depo-Provera outright on their citizens.
Zimbabwe banned the use of Depo-Provera on its citizens while Kenya recommended Depo-Provera can be used only with women 30 years and older or who already have at least four children.
Rebecca Project for Justice is educating women and girls in the United States, sub-Saharan Africa and other developing countries about unethical medical research practices, and about Pfizer’s dangerous contraceptive Depo-Provera (Depo-Medroxy Progesterone Acetate—DMPA) targeting African-American women and Latinas, and rebranded as Sayana Press in Africa “with all lethal side-effects concealed.”
Dr Watts reports that Depo-Provera belongs to a category of dangerous progesterone contraceptives, such as Norplant, which are restricted by the FDA in the United States with “Black Box Warnings”, and branded the “DDT of contraceptives” by human rights advocates.
They are highly toxic, with debilitating and lethal side-effects, and are also banned or restricted in Europe, India, Israel and the Middle East. (They are blissfully used in Zambia.)
Norplant was pulled from US markets in 2002 after multi-million dollar settlements by Pfizer.
“However, Pfizer now avoids US lawsuits by licensing Norplant to European corporation Bayer, and sells Norplant and DMPA to Africans and developing countries through institutional intermediaries such as the Population Council and United States Agency for International Development.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Pfizer through a partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates will earn approximately 36 billion dollars in new Depo-Provera sales annually.”
Human life begins at conception, and God recognizes the person forming in the womb long before there is any perceptible shape or form (Psalm 139:13-16 and Jeremiah 1:4 and 5).
Murder is murder whether the person being butchered is seven minutes old or seventy years old.
This is a time for national vigilance. Government must bring all the so-called health, birth control and parenthood NGOs in Zambia to account.
At the same time the Ministry of Health should stop randomly spreading new vaccines and implementing new health campaigns whose evil objectives are now exploding globally.