WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - A new report by the Lepanto Institute reveals that Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the U.S. bishops' charitable arm, is "knowingly and willingly implementing a project in at least four African countries that was created specifically for — and aimed directly at — the spread of contraception."
In part five of a series of reports on CRS projects, Lepanto Institute President Michael Hichborn shows that the agency is helping to implement a United Nations project called Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe women (DREAMS) in at least four African countries — and that CRS was required to facilitate the project's core package, which includes the promotion of contraception to girls.
Project documents show that CRS, either directly or indirectly, was required to ensure that "all adolescent girls and young women who are enrolled in the DREAMS partnership receive all services," including contraception. Furthermore, according to a strategy document, the program forbids the implementation of abstinence-only sex education.
The Church teaches that contraception is intrinsically evil (2370), violating natural law by unnaturally separating the unitive and procreative meanings of sexual love. Faithful theologians see it as the foundation of our Culture of Death, with the invention of "the pill" sparking a fornication culture that demands abortion and the rationalization of all sexual activity not naturally ordered to procreation.
Further, most chemical contraceptives, including the common birth control pills, are known to be abortifacients. This means that when the pill fails in its primary purpose and conception of a child does occur, the chemical composition of the pill makes the mother's uterine wall impossible for the tiny human being to attach to. This results in the woman flushing her child out without ever realizing she was pregnant.
"The bishops of the United States can no longer ignore these fully documented proofs of CRS' direct complicity in the implementation of a program that was designed from the outset to spread contraception to young girls," Hichborn warned in his press release, adding:
DREAMS was designed to spread contraception, and CRS' own documentation acknowledges this. While CRS may claim that it did not directly implement the contraception-promoting components itself, CRS cannot deny that project required all implementing partners to ensure that everyone enrolled in the DREAMS project received the contraception-promoting elements.
This is the latest in a string of Lepanto Institute reports illuminating CRS' promotion of contraception:
Since the beginning of March, we've proved that CRS documents promote condoms, CRS is in charge of an internet library that contains documents promoting abortion and contraception, CRS implemented a project in Cameroon that refers vulnerable girls to abortion-promoting organizations, and CRS created a health referral network in Nigeria that included Planned Parenthood-style agencies. And with this new information, we continue to call upon the bishops of the United States to initiate an independent, third-party investigation of CRS projects.
One example Hichborn cited in his newest report was the introduction to the Go Girls! training manual, adopted by CRS, which it designed for, as it states, "girls ages 13–17 who are not enrolled in school or live in very vulnerable situations."
In a session called "Preventing Unintended Pregnancy," there is this description: "Participants discuss the advantages of planning their family and learn about different types of family planning methods as well as where they can get them. This is important information for girls who are abstinent as well as for girls who are sexually active."
The facilitator is then directed to:
In the manual is a handout with a graphic depiction of how to use a condom, as well as an activity called the "Pros and Cons of Family Planning." This activity discusses various forms of contraception, weighing various reasons why or why not to use it. "The entire point of this activity," Hichborn says, "is to convince young girls that using contraception is as normal as brushing our teeth, eating vegetables or doing homework."
The wrap-up for this session instructs the facilitator to remind the participants that having children by choice, not by chance, is best for the mother, baby, family and nation. Participants are reminded of the places in their community they can access contraceptives.