Charlie Butts and Allie Martin - OneNewsNow - 1/25/2010 4:00:00 AM International Planned Parenthood is using the Haiti crisis to raise money.
Jim Sedlak of the American Life League and STOPP International notes that the funds are being raised supposedly to provide "family-planning services" and products in Haiti.
"You know, when people are out in the street and they can't get food and they can't get water, the last thing in the world that they need is family-planning services," he laments. "But Planned Parenthood has seen this as a way to make money, as a way to siphon off some of the donations that could be going to legitimate relief services."
Sedlak describes the kinds of services International Planned Parenthood offers in Haiti.
"According to their information they've done the full range of family-planning services, which means providing the abortifacient contraceptives, providing emergency contraception, also handing out condoms and other kinds of things," he explains.
Sedlak says there are efforts by organizations to meet the health needs of Haitians, and that includes the health needs of women pregnant or otherwise -- and he supports that. But he suggests the Planned Parenthood campaign is totally illegitimate; that it is just a moneymaking scheme on the part of Planned Parenthood. The pro-life spokesman points out that Planned Parenthood did the same thing during the Hurricane Katrina relief effort several years ago.
Slow to get aid to some Meanwhile, Southern Baptists are assisting in relief efforts in the earthquake-ravaged area. The SBC's Baptist Global Response is a relief and development organization that provides a coordinated effort in international relief and development. BGR is on the ground in Haiti, assessing how to best deliver supplies and counseling to survivors.
Jeff Palmer, CEO of the agency, says the recent repair of the city's main port and pier has aided relief work -- but there are still complications, he says. Aid has been especially slow to reach people in outlying areas, he reports.
"We're trying to coordinate with other organizations, governments, NGOs, U.N. folks," he reports. "We're also partnering with a number of [Baptist groups] there...and trying to find those marginal areas of people who aren't getting the help and getting assistance to them." (Listen to audio report)
BGR has delivered relief supplies such as water, plastic sheeting, bottled gas, beans, rice, eggs, and canned goods to a couple of churches and orphanages. Palmer predicts the recovery effort will take years.