Latin Children In Danger

Author: Magaly Liaguno


by Magaly Llaguno

An international sex education congress took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 15-19 June, 1992, co-sponsored by UNFPA, IPPF and JOICFP (the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning-- IPPF's Japan affiliate). The Congress was euphemistically called "Latin American Encounter on Adolescent Health."

The sex indoctrinators vowed to invade every Latin American country with their philosophy. A pro-lifer who attended the Congress reported to us that among the objectives discussed by the official participants from Latin American and other countries were:

changing adult attitudes toward the use of contraceptives by adolescents;

informing adolescents about AIDS and STDs without producing feelings of fear, prioritizing their right to sexual pleasure;

promoting sex ed programs for adolescents which include information on all contraceptive/ abortifacient methods, and

making those methods available to them.

The real problem, as the participants saw it, was not that adolescents are having sex, but that they are not using contraceptives. The goal seems to be recreation without procreation, a typical Planned Parenthood philosophy.

Rafael Sanchez of the Brazilian Department of Health stated that health programs must prevent the first pregnancy, so that girls will have the pleasure of sex without the consequence of pregnancy.

All leaders of Latin American organizations who attended the sex-ed congress were encouraged to implement in their own country, the proposals presented. UNFPA's representative promised the support of that organization in implementing the necessary changes throughout the Hispanic countries. Other organizations are already initiating aggressive adolescent programs.

In order to involve adolescents in sexual matters, BEMFAM (Brazil's IPPF affiliate), is promoting "recreational" activities, including sex-related topics. There is a "health center" in Sao Paulo which makes sex education and contraceptives/abortifacients available to adolescents. ECOS, a Brazilian organization, produces school materials--especially videos--on contraception. Two videos produced by ECO are "Make it Happy" and "Going About Life with Love and Know How." Both teach contraception to adolescents.

Guatemala's IPPF affiliate, APROFAM, has also made great "progress" in this respect, even though the government has yet to officially allow its "sex indoctrinators" and perverted materials into the public schools. APROFAM has an "adolescent center" called "Centro del Adolescente El Camino", where contraceptives have been given to minors for over 11 years. It also has a "hotline" similar to Miami's "The Link" through which trained counselors give information and advice on sex education, contraceptives and abortifacients. APROFAM claims that its "educational activities" also include some churches.

The anti-life strategy in Colombia is very clear. In a short paragraph published in "The Lancet" (5 October 1991), pro-abortionist Malcolm Potts explained how easy it was to "enshrine the right to family planning" in the new Colombian constitution; the bishops were "silent on this issue during the constitutional debate" but "focused instead on divorce . . . and the concordat between Colombia and the Vatican," which was also being negotiated at that time.

Japan's JOICFP--IPPF affiliate--has produced several videotapes for adolescents that border on kiddie porn. One of them (Musica para Dos-- "Music for Two") was purchased by UNICEF ("Evaluation Report, Integrated Project and IEC Materials in Guatemala and Mexico", 14 December 1991).

JOICFP is the main promoter of Planned Parenthood's sex education in Latin America. At a meeting in Japan on 1 May of this year, Ana Munoz de Gaviria, the First Lady of Colombia, agreed to bring sex education into her country's public schools, displacing religious education (see HLI Reports, August, 1992, p. 3).

According to its magazine, "JOICFP's goals are to promote better health and advance family planning for people in the developing countries." It conducts the following activities: training, international meetings, development of educational aids, commodities assistance, research and study, etc. JOICPF "engages in close contacts, consultation and cooperation with the Government of Japan (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Welfare), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and such international organizationas as UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, and non-governmental organizations working in the developing countries, like the International Planned Parenthood Federation." According to former World Bank president Robert McNamara, who spoke at a recent meeting of Population Forum 21 in Tokyo (20 April), "Japan is destined to play a larger and larger role on the world scene." It seems Japan's government is already having an active role in the promotion of immoral sex education, contraceptives/abortifacients among Latin American children. (Remember that the next time you plan to buy a Japanese product--ed.)