Strings Attached – a 50-minute documentary produced by Culture of Life Africa (COLA) – has uncovered how Western nations are pushing to legalize abortion in Africa by pouring billions of dollars into the continent under the guise of “sexual and reproductive health and rights.”
Strings Attached is “a story about how the people of Africa are being ideologically colonized in the 21st century,” says Obianuju Ekeocha, President of COLA and author of Target Africa: Ideological Neocolonialism in the Twenty-First Century.
The film explains how Ekeocha became a vocal pro-life advocate after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced in 2012 that it would dramatically increase its “family planning investment” around the world, including across the African continent.
Ekeocha visits African countries where abortion is illegal, to talk to women who have had abortions offered by an international abortion provider in contravention of the law. She also speaks to women who have been given long-acting contraceptives, either IUDs or injections, that have caused serious side-effects.
Speaking to the American Life League, Ekeocha described her experience with the women she interviewed as “painful”.
“I believe that they’re victims of human rights abuses by Western pharmaceutical companies in collaboration with organizations like Marie Stopes Internationalm,” she said.
The documentary also reveals how the gap left by US President Donald Trump’s block of funding abortion overseas, is being filled by world leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who pledged $650 million over three years towards abortion and reproductive rights.
Abortion Isn’t About Women’s Right
Abortion – which is the killing of the unborn – is often disguised as empowering women with the choice to do whatever they desire with their bodies.
When actress Michelle Williams won the best actress at the 2019 Golden Globes Award, She used her acceptance speech to echo this message by advocating for a “woman’s right to choose” — a right she said enabled her to be where she is today.
“As women and as girls, things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice. I’ve tried my best to live a life of my own making, and not just a series of events that happened to me,” she said. “… And I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose. To choose when to have my children and with whom.”
Michelle believes she wouldn’t have won the award if she hadn’t exercised her “right” to terminate her baby. That isn’t empowering women. That is demeaning women.
Abortion is a direct attack on human life.