McKeegan told CNA on March 18 that Semillas is headed by “a radical feminist” credited with bringing about the abortion liberalization law in Mexico City. He questioned how a group which claims that the “violence of abortion” solves women’s problems can be taken seriously as opposing violence against women.
The U.S. embassy’s third-preferred grant applicant was the Women’s Center for Human Rights (Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres), also known as CEDEHM. Its proposed program would promote awareness of the rights of female victims of violence and advocate for more effective responses to victims in the state of Chihuahua.
The program would produce an animated five-minute video and brochure for rape victims. The materials would instruct victims about measures to take after being raped, such as medical and legal alternatives for abuse reporting.
The materials would also instruct victims about having “access to safe and legal abortions.”
The fourth-ranked grant applicant, I(dh)eas – Strategic Human Rights Litigation (Litigio Estrategico en Derechos Humanos), also focused on violence against women. However, the background information on the organization noted that it is working on a Ford Foundation-funded film about “sexual and reproductive rights” and “legal interruption of pregnancy.”
CNA contacted the Office of Global Women’s Issues to determine whether any of the grants were approved but did not receive a reply by publication time.
Meaney charged that feminist organizations frequently use the issue of violence against women to obscure their programs of birth control and abortion. There are many “wonderful and non-ideological organizations” which help abused women, Meaney said, but they are often local and not as organized as “the radical groups which aggressively seek out funding.”
Further, many post-abortive women claim that feminist organizations like Planned Parenthood pushed them into having abortions which “they now deeply regret.”
He cited a study by Dr. David Reardon which found the “vast majority” of pregnant rape and incest victims did not want abortions but were emotionally manipulated into having them. One hundred percent of pregnant victims who gave birth said they made the right choice, while a large majority of those who aborted said they regretted their decision.
McKeegan defended the innocence of the unborn child, saying he or she is entitled to “the same protections as everyone else.”
“It is revolting that women’s groups continue to propose adding a second tragedy of killing the unborn child to the tragedy of the rape,” he commented.
The leaked cable outlining the grants is more clear and transparent than most government requests, Meaney noted.
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“This is probably because it was not intended for publication and public consumption,” he said.
U.S. funding for these groups could create a “powerful lobby” to change foreign countries’ laws and to make “substantial” cultural changes.
Mexico has “strict laws” forbidding most abortions outside the Mexico City Federal District, and groups such as Semillas hope to “reverse protection of the right to life of preborn children.” Such groups have also made “significant” attempts to promote same-sex “marriage” and a greater acceptance of homosexuality, he reported.
Under Republican administrations since 1984, the U.S. government has held to the Mexico City Policy which bars taxpayer funding for organizations which promote or perform abortion overseas. President Obama lifted the policy in January 2009.
But Meaney thought the grants in the WikiLeaks cable would “probably not have been made illegal” by the previous policy, which applies only to funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and not other branches of the State Department.
“This actually shows how restrained this policy was,” he said.