All in One Wikileaks Email: Grisly Planned Parenthood’s Amazing Access to Hillary, Pushing Abortion in Kenya, and the Georgetown Connection

I’m not a fan of Wikileaks but they just did an amazing job putting all of Hillary Clinton’s released emails during her time as Secretary of State online to be searched.

Out of curiosity I searched for “abortion”.

A flurry of emails came up.

Now what you ask would the Secretary of State have to do with abortion ?

Well quite a lot it turns out.

First of course, she was very active in promoting abortion internationally.

For example, here’s an email (state department or wikileaks) from Laurie Rubiner of Planned Parenthood urging Clinton to protect the right of abortionists to kill the lives of Kenyan children in the womb (all the more baby parts to experiment with), equating economic stability with abortion rights, and lamenting religious opposition.

Note the level of access and intimate knowledge of Hillary’s advisors. Rubiner sends this directly to Hillary’s clintonemail.com address (knocking the notion that Hillary’s private server address was privy only to high level government officials) , copying her close advisors Huma Abedin and Senior State Department Philip Reines. Abedin responds that same day lamenting that there was then no opportunity on the agenda but that she will see what the embassy staff in Nariobi could do.

UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05764008
Date: 07/31/2015
RELEASEINPART B6
From: Abedin, Huma
Sent: Friday, July31, 20098:09PM
To: Rubiner, Laurie; H
Cc: preines pverveer
B6
Subject: RE:Kenya

Laurie—

She isn’t doing any specific health or womens events in Kenya but I’ve also shared your email with policy team at state and embassy staff in Nairobi helping to plan the trip to see if there is any way to address this.

From: Rubiner, Laurie

Sent: Friday, July31, 2009 1:26 PM

To:hdr22@clintonemail.com
Cc:Abedin,Huma;preines; pverveer
Subject: Kenya

Secretary Clinton—

I understand you are going to Kenya next week and while I know the trip is primarily focused on trade issues, I wanted to flag an issue for you because I know it is near and dear to your heart.

Kenya has one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in Africa —it is illegal unless a woman’s life is at risk and criminalizes both the woman and the provider. Two years ago, Kenyan authorities imprisoned a doctor and two nurses, falsely accusing them of providing illegal abortions. After a year in prison, the providers were found innocent and released, but it galvanized the legal and provider community who formed a coalition to make abortion less restrictive. It will come as no surprise to you that, as a result of their abortion law, Kenya has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in all of Africa, with an estimated 800 women a day seeking the procedure, often through dangerous means.

Kenya is restarting a long-stalled constitutional review process and they hope to produce a final Constitution by next year. Religious groups are on a concerted crusade to include new language in the Constitution which would codify that “life begins at conception”. The current Constitution is largely silent on the issue. If this fetal personhood amendment goes forward, it would place Kenya in the small community of nations with such a provision. It would clearly mark Kenya as out of stop with countries attempting to institutionalize the African Union’s Maputo Protocol, one of the most progressive regional documents on women, development and reproductive rights, and with the vast majority of African countries in general. For a country trying to regain the momentum of stability and success it enjoyed until recently, such a policy imposition would be a regression for women’s rights and for the country writ large.

I went to Kenya last month to work with the coalition that has formed to strategize against the Constitutional amendment and to work toward a less restrictive abortion law. I also visited several of our clinics and providers in Nairobi and in nearby villages where Planned Parenthood has programs to train providers in post abortion care. You have seen this a million times in your travels around the world, so I don’t need to tell you how poignant the stories were of the lives saved and lost, the bravery in standing up to constant government harassment, and the fear of what this potential Constitutional amendment will mean to the provision of safe medical services. I know it is asking a lot, but if there is any way that you could draw attention to this issue when you are in Kenya, you would be even more of my personal hero than you already are. It is our hope that if Kenya knows the world is watching they may be more careful in how they proceed. Of course we would be happy to help you in any way if you decide you want to do something on this while you are there. There is also a Congressional delegation going to Kenya the week of August 8thand we are working on them to have a side meeting on this issue as well.

As always, thank you so much for all you do. We are all so grateful that you are there!

All best, Laurie

Laurie Rubiner

Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

(202) 973-4863 office
Laurie Rubiner
Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
(202) 973-4863 office

This has been discussed in other articles but it’s amazing to see the exchange in the raw.

And who would have thought, there’s even a Catholic connection. “pverveer” copied on the email appears to be “Philip Verveer” the telecommunications lawyer husband (and then an employee of State) of Melanne Verveer, a former Hillary chief of staff, a rabid abortion rights supporter and now the Executive Director of Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security (Hillary being the honorary founding chair, ironic to the nines).

Given the issues involved we can only assume the cc was not only for the benefit of Phil (to help out with the PR part possibly or at least ostensibly) but as a bonus and more likely for the benefit of Melanne so she would reach out to Hillary.

Here’s an excerpt from the Georgetown’s Institute’s staff bio page about Hillary and Mellanne:

Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security – Meet the Team

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Honorary Founding Chair of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. From January 2009 to February 2013, she served as Secretary of State of the United States. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton launched the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University on December 19, 2011, at which time she also announced the creation of the Institute. A lifelong advocate of women and girls’ empowerment, Secretary Clinton has some four decades to public service. Read more.

Melanne Verveer – Executive Director

Ambassador Verveer most recently served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries. She worked to ensure that women’s participation and rights are fully integrated into U.S. foreign policy, and she played a leadership role in the Administration’s development of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

From 2000-2008, she was the Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO that she co-founded to invest in emerging women leaders. During the Clinton administration, she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women, and was instrumental in the adoption of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. She is the co-author of Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose (2015).

Ambassador Verveer has a B.S. and M.S. from Georgetown University. In 2013, she was the Humanitas Visiting professor at the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development. She holds several honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Another peace and justice “Catholic” organization founded on the bodies of our dead brothers and sisters and their exploited mothers.