Update on Comic Relief

Even though the main event for Comic Relief has been and gone it is still important to know the latest communication.  If you read the last posting on Comic Relief you will know that they give funding to organisations that support abortions and contraception services.

Copied below is a recent letter from Comic Relief denying this is true;

[To:]
Gregory Pope
Deputy Director
Catholic Education Service
39 Eccleston Square
London SW1V 1BX

4th February 2013

Dear Mr Pope,

We know that misinformed publicity about Comic Relief has caused considerable confusion and distress in the past, particularly among Catholic schools wanting to support Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. So in 2000, we opened up a dialogue with the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales to help communicate the facts.

At that time, they issued a statement confirming that, after careful examination of our records, they were satisfied with Comic Relief’s assurance that we do not fund and have never funded abortion services or the promotion of abortions. The Bishops’ Conference and the Department of International Affairs confirmed that they were confident that Catholics may continue to support Comic Relief’s fundraising initiatives in good faith. Our commitment remains the same.

Our international funding goes to all kinds of projects – providing education, rehabilitating child soldiers, peace-building, fair trade, supporting street children and a range of other work helping people in the world’s poorest countries to turn their lives around.

This includes over £13.6m of grants to more than 50 projects managed by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) for work across Africa, Asia and South America.

Yours sincerely,

Aleks Leimanis
Schools & Youth Manager
Comic Relief

Comic Relief’s “assurance that [it] do[es] not fund and have never funded abortion services or the promotion of abortions” is highly misleading because the bottome line is it supports organisations who’s partial or complete raison d’etre is to provide abortions and/ or contraceptive advice and provision!  Therefore if you fund an organisation that does this then by association Comic Relief does fund aborion and promotion of abortion services and to say otherwise is to deny otherwise.

To see for yourself  that Comic Relief support  these organisations   go to http://http://www.comicrelief.com/how-we-help , click on ‘Search’ on the bottom right-hand corner of the map, and in the ‘Type keywords’ box, enter the search-terms “sexual” or “reproductive” or “gay”.

Comic Relief funds IPPF
Comic Relief funds African Initiatives
Comic Relief funds Womankind
Comic Relief funds Brook
Comic Relief funds Save the Children
Comic Relief funds Oxfam
 
Comic Relief funds African Women’s Development Fund
Comic Relief funds Barnardo’s
Comic Relief funds Terrence Higgins Trust
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