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Baby-killing industry frightened by 'One of Us'

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Baby-killing industry worries because of the proceedings undertaken by the European Citizen Initiative One of Us in the Court of Justice of the European Union against the decision of the European Commission not to take any action after the European Citizens Initiative which gathered nearly 2 million signatures and demanded the end of public European funding for activities which destroy or presuppose the destruction of human embryos.

Marie Stopes International (MSI) one of the biggest abortion organisations, receiving an average €2 million from the European Commission, applied for leave to intervene against One of Us. The European Citizen Initiative One of Us opposed it in a brief sent to the EU Court of Justice on 27 May.

In its brief, One of Us exposed why application to be admitted as a third party intervener must be rejected, but also exposed its practices and eugenic ideology.

MSI boasts of practising an exponentially increasing number of abortions: 350,000 in 2005, over 900,000 in 2009, 2.2 million in 2012, 3.3 million in 2014.

MSI uses a method called “menstrual regulation”, or manual vacuum aspiration (MVA): if the period is delayed, the content of the uterus is suctioned out with a (reusable) syringe. As pregnancy has not been verified before, it is allegedly not an abortion; therefore MSI uses this method even in countries where abortion is illegal. In practice, this method is used up to 16 weeks, sometimes even more.

MSI promotes large scale sterilisation, be it tubal ligation or vasectomy, organising vasectomy competitions: perform as many vasectomies as possible in a 24-hour period.

MSI distribute contraceptives, preferably long-lasting, among which injectable and implants, which are not used (or are forbidden) in developed countries due to the long list of unwanted effects, among which breast cancer, delayed return of fertility, osteoporosis and increased risk of contracting and transmitting HIV/AIDS.

MSI’s actions, mainly oriented towards poor countries, can be understood in light of Marie Stopes’ works (1880-1958). She opened the first birth control clinic in a poor district of London. Longing for the improvement of the race, she claims that only beautiful, wealthy, healthy and intelligent people should have children. For them, it “is profoundly a duty and a privilege”, so the community should encourage them. On the other hand, the community should discourage those who do not meet these quality standards and make parenthood impossible through forced sterilisation for “the diseased, the racially negligent, the thriftless, the careless, the feeble-minded, the very lowest and worst members of the community”: they drain the resources of the better classes who, freed from the cost of the institutions, hospitals, prisons, and so on, principally filled by the “inferior stock” would be able to afford to enlarge their own families, and to multiply the riches of the State (Radiant Motherhood, Chapter 5). She claims to be God’s prophet announcing a splendid “new and irradiated race”.

The true problem of MSI is that the baby-killing industry it represents has little or no support among the wider population. This is the true reason why MSI is so worried about the ECI One of Us. It fears for its economic interests if a truly democratic debate is launched.

The acceptance of MSI’s intervention in this lawsuit, would have given a valuable opportunity to expose publicly, in the Court’s presence, MSI’s eugenic ideology and practices. However, MSI’s application clearly fails to fulfil the conditions that would be required for MSI to be admitted as a third party intervener. One of Us call the General Tribunal to reject the application of MSI, which is legally ill-founded. 

Article by Grégor Puppinck, President of the Citizen Committee of the European Citizen Initiative One of Us.

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