Planned Parenthood eyes ‘scale up’ of abortion in the Philippines, grants millions to RH lobbyists

The world’s largest supplier of abortion services is planning to “scale up” such services in the Philippines, as it continued to shower millions on groups lobbying for the passage of the “reproductive health” (RH) bill.

In its latest financial report, the London-based International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) said that as part of a plan to double services by 2015, there will be an initiative to “scale up abortion services in Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines,” thereby disregarding the Philippines’ Constitutional laws, religious convictions, and cultural sensibilities.

In apparent anticipation of the passage of the controversial RH bill, the IPPF report said plans for 2012 include “advocating for access to family planning services in government health centres and provision of sexuality education in the Philippines.”

The 2011 financial report of IPPF showed that it gave nearly $785,000 (nearly P33 million) to groups backing the RH bill:

– Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), $625,095;
– Likhaan Center for Women’s Health, $84,776; and
– The Women’s Global Network Reproductive Rights, $75,092

Abortion is one of IPPF’s “Five A’s,” with a strategy of “Advocating for the right to safe abortion services and providing them to the fullest extent permitted by law.” The group’s aim is to “ensure access to abortion services within an integrated sexual and reproductive health package.”

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