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how the "pro-life" are going at at the united Nations

Extracts de l'interview de Jose Meaney, adjunct coordinator of HLI, a pro-life organisation

realised in june 1998 by ProChoix


Jose Meaney is the Human Life International adjunct coordinator for Latin-American and French-speaking countries. He was hired specifcally for his perfect French and for his knowledge of Latin America, which he gained while writing a doctoral dissertation on medical missions to Guatemala. He worked on at least one republican senatorial campaign, as a communications advisor, before definitively joining Father Paul Marx’s anti-choice organization. We interviewed him during our visit to Front Royal, outside Washington, D.C.

When was the first time you went to the UN?
There was a conference in Istanbul called “Habitat” about housing and I went there to lobby, to try to talk to the delegates, above all to inform them of the different projects that come up from time to time in conferences and which are anti-life. So we talked to a lot of delegates about what was going to happen at the U.N., and I helped translate in French and Spanish.

Which association was that for?
That was for a group called Uno Development Cooperation, they were a group of friends from the University of Texas who had spent quite a while in the Peace Corps. (That’s the American organization like the Coopération in France, which goes into poor countries for humanitarian projects.) They went to Zaire with this organization and when they got back, they wanted to create a sort of Peace Corps that would integrate the social doctrine of the church. They were accredited at the U.N., and so I went with them. And the afterwards, at the summit meeting held in Rome in November 1996. There, we did the same thing : talking to delegates, trying to see where we could help them. It was a question of world food supply. Many people say that there isn’t enough food for everyone: it’s a rhetoric used to push population control programs. And it was very interesting because all the representatives of the FAW agreed to say that there was no problem with the amount of food in the world, only a problem of distribution. All the countries which have had big famines, it’s generally caused by wars or by poverty rather than a lack of food. Then it’s sad because we’ve said to a good part of the world, “don’t have children,” and these countries have to lead political population control campaigns in order to get U.N. funds. So we were there to encourage them not to give in to this blackmail. And that’s where, in fact, I met Human Life International, which was there as an NGO. "

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