Irish Family Planning Association Limited (company registration number 028395). The organisation was exposed by an undercover operation in 2012 as a shoddy setup and among other things was revealed to be providing life endangering advice to pregnant women. The Irish Independent carried the story which led to a Garda investigation and a HSE enquiry.
Despite the fact that it openly campaigns for abortion in Ireland it actually has a charity number (CHY 5694).
Most people probably don’t know that the Irish Family Planning Association is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood.
The latter have been caught on video having the most vile, horrific and disturbing discussions possible as they arrange how to best harvest body parts from aborted babies. They haggle over prices, with one saying she ‘wants a Lamborghini’. Planned Parenthood’s lab techs laugh as they pick through the torn bodies of unborn children and remark that getting eyeballs is ‘easy’, or casually pick up a tiny arm or leg. These videos are difficult to watch; they make you feel not just nauseous but heartsick, because selling baby parts is a shocking trade that has long been part of the abortion industry. For the vast majority of ordinary decent people, the inhumanity captured in the videos is simply inexplicable.
The IFPA boasted in its 2012 Annual Report that it received International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Member Association Award in acknowledgement of its “campaigning for the right to abortion in Ireland”. Planned Parenthood has donated funds to its Irish operation, though that funding pales in comparison to the tens of millions of euro received by the IFPA from the Irish taxpayer as they push for abortion.
The relationship between the IFPA as a member of the IPPF in itself is not necessarily something to question, however the problem is the IPPF’s involvement in the removal of the 8th Amendment in Ireland. The full extent of the IPPF’s involvement in this aim is not clear, but what we do know certainly raises alarms about the legality of the funds being used in an Irish political campaign from the IFPA.
Their goal is stated: “IPPF is a locally owned, globally connected, civil societal movement that provides enables services and champions sexual and reproductive health rights for all, especially the underserved”. It is not a question of whether the IPPF fulfils their goal globally, but how they do it, especially in Ireland.
*See the IPPF’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2022 which outlines their plan for implementing access to widespread abortions.
As part of their work for securing reproductive rights for all and access to abortion for all, the IPPF also openly campaigns for the introduction of legislation to provide for more permissive abortion regimes around the world.
In this regard the IPPF on its own website, boasts of their results including, in particular: “in 2016, IPPF delivered 182.5 billion sexual reproductive health services. We also contributed to 175 policies and/or legislative changes in support or defence of sexual and reproductive health and rights at national, regional and global levels.” It is clear from this statement that the IPPF through its work internationally involves itself in campaigning at a local level through its own member organisations, such as the case for the IFPA.
The Irish evidence of the above is found in the IPPF’s own annual performance report 2013 and 2014. Here they boast about their involvement in the decriminalisation of abortion in Ireland through their work with its member association, the IFPA.
They state: “the IFPA has worked for many years to advocate for the legislation that would decriminalise abortion.” This is stated on page 11 of the IPPF 2013-14 Annual Performance Report.
It abundantly clear that the IPPF campaigns for the decriminalisation of abortion in Ireland, and the next piece of evidence shows us how they have been fulfilling that aim.
The IFPA is heavily funded by the IPPF
The IPPF has over many years been donating substantial funds to the IFPA for its work, which as stated earlier is for legislation that “decriminalises abortion”. The evidence of such is found in the IPPF’s financial statements for the past number of years, which shows the payment of very substantial monies to the IFPA. The snips below show the amount of restricted funds the IFPA received from the IPPF for that specific year.
2011: See page 34.
2012: See page 38. 2012
2013: See page 38. 2013
2014: See page 37.2014
This organisation despite engaging in political campaigning has received funds of $150,000 from the US based Soros/Open Society Foundation as part of its campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment. These funds were revealed by DC Leaks and not by the organisation itself.
The group received the grant in January 2016 after submitting an application to fund a project directed towards, among other things, the “strategic goal of garnering support for repeal of the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution”.
Faced with requests from SIPO last Autumn, the Irish Family Planning Association said it was not a campaigning body and had used the €132,000 it had received for charitable and educational purposes; the commission did not pursue the matter further.
It is interesting that Irish Family Planning Association while claiming that it does not engage in political work is registered with the Register of Lobbying in Ireland. You can see this here.