At an interfaith press conference held just steps from the White House today, Catholic Relief Services (CR’S) issued a statement calling on President Bush to ensure full funding for the fight against global poverty and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Organized by Bread for the World, the conference brought together prominent Christian leaders, as well as Irish rock singer Bono, to advocate on behalf of the millions of poor around the world who would benefit from the Global AIDS Initiative, the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) and ongoing U.S. development and humanitarian assistance programs.
�People�s lives depend on presidential action now,� said Bill O�Keefe, Sr. Director of Policy and Advocacy for CRS.
This news release put out by Catholic Relief Services makes it look like President Bush is purposely stopping the funding in some uncaring fashion. No mention is made of the fact that the funding would have directly been used for contraception and abortion and that and that alone is the reason for withholding the funding.
Organization associated with this funding complain about the fact that they can not separate abortion and family planning (contraceptive) services from the treatment of those who suffer with HIV/AIDS. They call this an integrated approach, more buzzwords of death. CRS should be lambasting these organizations instead of blaming Bush for the problem and working to ensure that truly Catholic Relief services are available.