It’s bad enough that Americans have to put up with James Dobson and his fellow witch-hunters. Now it seems we’re exporting these assholes to Europe and the Third World.
Hey, anything to help the trade deficit, right? Some countries are exporting manufactured goods and scientific expertise; we’re supplying the snakehandlers and bookburners.
In poverty-stricken Third World countries where the population is doubling every generation and the average age is fifteen, what’s the most burning issue? Why, the evils of birth control, abortion and sex education, of course.
Rightwing religious groups, emboldened by their ties with the Bush Administration, are bringing their Crusade to every corner of the world.
Population Research Institute, an anti-abortion group, is one of our exports. A group spokesman said “with the Bush administration, pro-lifers feel there’s a real opportunity to stop the U.S. government from promoting abortion and sex education and population control in the Third World. And I will personally take in, feed and nurture every additional child whom we cause to be born through our meddling. Human beings are sacred AFTER they’ve been born, as well as before; and I will walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
OK, the bold text wasn’t actually part of his quote.
In Poland, several groups — including Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council — are preparing for a "World Congress of Families." They view Poland as a land of opportunity for Far Right Christian causes (Poland’s current president is anti-abortion).
In Peru, the Population Research Institute is fighting local attempts to legalize the morning-after pill. PRI is also working in Colombia, fighting to keep abortion illegal. Several of these illustrious groups are in the Philippines, fighting against family-planning legislation.
Some of these organizations are working in Africa, “helping” to prevent AIDS. Their solution (as if you couldn't guess): Abstinence.
A director of International Planned Parenthood said conservatives are really zeroing in on Latin America. “They are very organized, with lots of resources and powerful allies in the White House and the Vatican. Whenever there’s a major initiative to liberalize laws, they marshal their forces against it. In the past, it was one or two isolated efforts. Now it’s a massive effort.”
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, summed it up with “The far right says, 'Jump,' and the administration says, ‘How high?’ ”