[N.B. The Decency Gap website was taken down not long after this story first broke. Check www.pop.org for updates.]
Population Research Institute has unmasked the real intentions of filmmaker Eve Reinhardt and her Multimedia Project “The Decency Gap.” Although Reinhardt claims that the documentary will be unbiased, PRI discovered that its real aim is to restore U.S. funding to groups like the International Planned Parenthood Federation and build support for legalizing abortion in poor countries.
Abortionists Back Project
With financial backing from worldwide abortion supporters, Reinhardt traveled to Peru this month seeking interviews with Catholic bishops and pro-life leaders. As the director of the Latin American office of Population Research Institute, I was one of the first pro-lifers to be contacted. She told me in e-mails and over the phone that she was an “independent” filmmaker who wanted to interview people on both sides of the abortion debate. She also said that, while her project did not yet have a name, she had already interviewed Catholic bishops and pro-life leaders in Cuzco and Lima.
It did not take me long to discover this was mostly a fabrication, Research on the Internet revealed that Reinhardt’s project did have a name after all. It was called “The Decency Gap.” I decided to give Reinhardt some of her own medicine. I agreed to meet with her, and brought along a video cameraman to record the encounter.
By then I knew that the project not only had a title, but also an official web site (http://www.thedecencygap.org). A quick review of this web site showed that “The Decency Gap” was not, and had never been, a neutral production, as Reinhardt claimed, but rather was funded by some of the fiercest abortion proponents in the world, among them IPPF, Marie Stopes International and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Its principal purpose was to attack the U.S. government’s Mexico City Policy, which prohibits U.S. family planning/population stabilization funding from going to organizations that perform abortions or promote their legalization in foreign countries. The international abortion industry clearly hoped that by funding such propaganda, it could influence American public opinion, and regain access to the taxpayer funds that it had been denied since Bush took office in 2001.
An interview with PRI would have been of special interest to Reinhardt because of our effectiveness. Through our exposure of human rights abuses, we have cost the abortion industry hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies. The evidence compiled on China’s one-child-per-couple policy and on forced sterilizations in Peru by the Fujimori government are only some of the investigations carried out by the Institute. The international pro-abortion movement has lost the better part of a billion dollars as a result. Reinhardt hoped to conduct an ambush interview, but I was more than ready for her. My cameraman was recording before hers was even set up. My surprise interview of Reinhardt can be seen at the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMHNY_EAXPw&eurl=http://www.catholic-newsagency.com/
After the interview, Reinhardt actually apologized to me in an e-mail for misleading us. Of course I personally forgive her, but the whole episode is just one more illustration of the way pro-abortion groups routinely lie to us. They invite pro-lifers to pseudo-debates that are supposedly unbiased, only to later call us “fundamentalists” and “backwards.” This time, however, the deception didn’t work.
“The Decency Gap” intended to portray pro-lifers as the “enemies” of poor women because we deny them abortions. In reality it is Catholic and evangelical religious groups who take care of poor women pregnant in difficult circumstances. The only thing “The Decency Gap” collaborators are out for is to legally protect and financially aid the abortion industry.
The Deception Deepens
When our expose hit the news in Latin America and the United States, “The Decency Gap” collaborators quickly edited their web site. They no longer, echoing the most radical pro-abortion groups, refer to the Mexico City Policy as the Global Gag Rule. They are trying to project an image of neutrality on the issue, clearly hoping to entice pro-lifers who are still ignorant of their intent into more interviews. Despite the cosmetic changes, it is clear that their ultimate goals have not changed. They want the U.S. taxpayer to fund abortion around the globe. Not only that, they want to use U.S. funds to overturn laws protecting the unborn in developing countries. In the end, it’s all about money.
The Indecent Name of the “Decency Gap”
The name of the project was carefully chosen to deceive people. But for those of us who follow pro-life issues closely it is quite revealing. It turns out that the term ‘The Decency Gap’ was coined by Paul Neilson, as the web site explains on pages that can still be viewed.
Neilson, the European Union’s Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, came up with the term shortly after the EU announced it was going to help replace $34 million in funding that the U.S. withdrew from the UN Population Fund in 2002. PRI had presented convincing evidence to the U.S. Congress of the UNFPA’s collaboration in China’s one child policy, which includes the forced abortions and sterilizations of poor women. This was a major pro-life coup, cutting off funding to the world’s largest provider of abortion and birth control, one which was active in more than 140 countries. Neilson said that this action on the part of the U.S. showed that American suffered from a “decency gap.” We say it shows that America, as opposed to the EU, is a country that still has standards of decency.
The abortion industry tried to hide behind a facade of impartially. But lies will always come out.