Pro-life leader: Report decrying ‘religious extremist funders’ should spur Catholics to defend life

On its website, the EPF says that its donors include the International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF), the Georges Soros-founded Open Society Foundations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Nike Foundation, and the UNFPA.

The report was released on June 15, days before a critical European Parliament vote on abortion.

The EU’s law-making body voted June 24 in favor of a report describing abortion as “essential healthcare” and seeking to redefine conscientious objection as a “denial of medical care.”

Members of the European Parliament voted in favor of a text, known as the Matić Report, describing abortion as “essential healthcare” and seeking to redefine conscientious objection as a “denial of medical care.”

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Christian groups believe that the EPF report’s intention is to exclude them from European political life by presenting them as a threat to the EU’s values.

Earlier this week, another group mentioned in the report, ADF International, suggested that the text was part of a “targeted smear campaign.”

Adina Portaru, who serves as senior counsel, Europe, for ADF International, said: “ADF International is a human rights organization that protects the fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all people.”

“We defend persecuted religious minorities across the globe and support the right to life. Our ‘Vanishing Girls’ campaign in southeast Asia, for example, defends girls against sex-based discrimination both before as well as after birth.”

“All our work for clients is pro bono. We receive funds from private donors who believe in our vision.”

She continued: “While we support open debate and discussion on the topics related to our work, the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (EPF) has sought to shut down conversations about human rights through a targeted smear campaign.”