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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 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
From: Abedin, Huma
Sent: Friday, July31, 20098:09PM
To: Rubiner, Laurie; H
Cc: preines pverveer
Subject: RE:Kenya


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
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.

The Pope’s Comments in the Field Hospital

Some reports are that Pope Francis is calling the church to “pull back” from talking on the abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. In case you haven’t read them, below are the Pope’s comments in context (full interview, link below, is longer). I don’t take it as that, only that he’s talking about the manner of ministering. As the subsection of the article says and as the Pope said, the church today is a “field hospital” and people are the wounded – in a way far too gone for the immediate focus on morality. He’s not talking about NOT talking about these issues, but how to – to proclaim the message of salvation first, and THEN to teach morality/catechism. I don’t think he’s talking about political strategies – i.e., how strongly the church will respond and comment on social issues, but about pastoral ministry to people who are suffering the consequence of sin or are seeking. Then you focus on what “fascinates and attracts” – the person of Jesus, the spirituality. I agree on all of that – as long we’re talking pastoral ministry – people need to be converted spiritually before they are going to accept the morality. Mainly because they are too blind to the message by clouds of sin and hurt. On the social front as a whole the Church needs to be, and I hope will continue to be, outspoken and strong and clear. Of course the media will ignore that distinction. And giving this message in a public interview to a Jesuit magazine is not in my opinion the most media savvy or politically wise thing to do and guaranties there will be all sorts of misunderstandings and opportunities for people to exploit the comments and use them to silence pro-lifers/pro-family advocates. NARAL apparently did just that on their facebook page thanking the Pope. The next day after these comments were published Pope Francis came out with very prolife comments (see link below). The important thing is the results – promoting a culture of life. And only time, a long time, will tell.

The Church as Field Hospital

Pope Benedict XVI, in announcing his resignation, said that the contemporary world is subject to rapid change and is grappling with issues of great importance for the life of faith. Dealing with these issues requires strength of body and soul, Pope Benedict said. I ask Pope Francis: “What does the church need most at this historic moment? Do we need reforms? What are your wishes for the church in the coming years? What kind of church do you dream of?”

Pope Francis begins by showing great affection and immense respect for his predecessor: “Pope Benedict has done an act of holiness, greatness, humility. He is a man of God.

.“I see clearly,” the pope continues, “that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds…. And you have to start from the ground up.

“The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules. The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all. The confessor, for example, is always in danger of being either too much of a rigorist or too lax. Neither is merciful, because neither of them really takes responsibility for the person. The rigorist washes his hands so that he leaves it to the commandment. The loose minister washes his hands by simply saying, ‘This is not a sin’ or something like that. In pastoral ministry we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds.

“How are we treating the people of God? I dream of a church that is a mother and shepherdess. The church’s ministers must be merciful, take responsibility for the people and accompany them like the good Samaritan, who washes, cleans and raises up his neighbor. This is pure Gospel. God is greater than sin. The structural and organizational reforms are secondary—that is, they come afterward. The first reform must be the attitude. The ministers of the Gospel must be people who can warm the hearts of the people, who walk through the dark night with them, who know how to dialogue and to descend themselves into their people’s night, into the darkness, but without getting lost. The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials. The bishops, particularly, must be able to support the movements of God among their people with patience, so that no one is left behind. But they must also be able to accompany the flock that has a flair for finding new paths.

“Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent. The ones who quit sometimes do it for reasons that, if properly understood and assessed, can lead to a return. But that takes audacity and courage.”

I mention to Pope Francis that there are Christians who live in situations that are irregular for the church or in complex situations that represent open wounds. I mention the divorced and remarried, same-sex couples and other difficult situations. What kind of pastoral work can we do in these cases? What kinds of tools can we use?

“We need to proclaim the Gospel on every street corner,” the pope says, “preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing, even with our preaching, every kind of disease and wound. In Buenos Aires I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them. But the church does not want to do this. During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being. In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. When that happens, the Holy Spirit inspires the priest to say the right thing.

“This is also the great benefit of confession as a sacrament: evaluating case by case and discerning what is the best thing to do for a person who seeks God and grace. The confessional is not a torture chamber, but the place in which the Lord’s mercy motivates us to do better. I also consider the situation of a woman with a failed marriage in her past and who also had an abortion. Then this woman remarries, and she is now happy and has five children. That abortion in her past weighs heavily on her conscience and she sincerely regrets it. She would like to move forward in her Christian life. What is the confessor to do?

“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.

“The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel. The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. It is from this proposition that the moral consequences then flow.

“I say this also thinking about the preaching and content of our preaching. A beautiful homily, a genuine sermon must begin with the first proclamation, with the proclamation of salvation. There is nothing more solid, deep and sure than this proclamation. Then you have to do catechesis. Then you can draw even a moral consequence. But the proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives. Today sometimes it seems that the opposite order is prevailing. The homily is the touchstone to measure the pastor’s proximity and ability to meet his people, because those who preach must recognize the heart of their community and must be able to see where the desire for God is lively and ardent. The message of the Gospel, therefore, is not to be reduced to some aspects that, although relevant, on their own do not show the heart of the message of Jesus Christ.”

Full America Magazine Interview

The next day after these comments were published:

Pope condemns abortion in strongest pro-life comments to date, day after controversial interview