Cherie Blair has been invited to speak at a major Pontifical University in Rome. Auntie Joanna write about it.
It seems likely that the organisers of this event do not know about the speaker’s strong association with Planned Parenthood. She is British and is simply well-known as a lawyer and the wife of a leading public figure. It is crucial, therefore, that the University is informed.
The speaker, Mrs Cherie Blair, hosted a major fund-raising event for Planned Parenthood at 10 Downing Street in 2003, promoting condoms for teenagers under the slogan “Lust for Life”. She honoured the 75th anniversary celebrations of Britain’s Family Planning Association – the leading campaigning movement for abortion in Britain – as the special celebrity guest, cutting the celebration cake and being photographed brandishing a condom. And no, it isn’t the case that the FPA or Planned Parenthood do other things than abortion and contraception – so she wasn’t helping them with other projects. They don’t make quilts or serve tea to the poor, or teach mathematics or help Auntie with the housework…they promote abortion and contraception: that’s what they were established to do, and that’s what they do, and when Mrs Blair raises funds for them she knows that what the funds are for.
Mrs Blair is a leading supporter of organisations working at the United Nations to promote abortion worldwide. Read about this here.
There is no reason whatever why Mrs Blair should speak at a Pontifical University. The Church can draw on many excellent women speakers with superb credentials to tackle issues concerning women’s rights and freedoms – it is absurd to invite instead some one who passionately supports organisations promoting abortion.
Father Powell, OP is currently at the Angelicum and has emailed Sr. Helen Alford, OP, asking for a little clarification