But what should be most troubling to anti-abortion conservatives is the close association between FAIR and the pro-abortion movement. Lopez notes that several members of FAIR's staff, board, advisors and donors are closely tied to abortion rights. FAIR, CIS, and NumbersUSA were creations of one man, John Tanton, and his umbrella organization, U.S. Inc., which raised funds for and directed the work of these groups in their initial stages. "Three of the five directors of U.S. Inc. -- chairman John Tanton, vice-chair Mary Lou Tanton and director David Irish -- are openly committed to population control through abortion, family planning and curtailing immigration," writes Lopez.
But they are not alone. Lopez shows interconnections between the anti-immigration leaders and the National Abortion Rights Action League, Planned Parenthood, Pathfinder International, a provider of abortions and sterilizations worldwide, and the International Projects Assistance Service, which is the manufacturer of the Manual Vacuum Aspiration Kit (MVA), a mobile abortion device used in the developing world. And there are past and present connection between those involved in these anti-immigration groups and the eugenics movement. Long-time FAIR board member Garrett Hardin was also a member of the American Eugenics Society, and FAIR has received more than a million dollars in grants from the eugenicist organization The Pioneer Fund.
Lopez asks why pro-life groups and leaders have joined with FAIR, CIS and NumbersUSA to promote the latters' anti-immigration, anti-population agenda. It is a good question -- one that GOP members of congress should ask themselves the next time they invite these groups to present the case against comprehensive immigration reform at hearings.
Linda Chavez is the author of "An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal." To find out more about Linda Chavez, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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Linda Chavez is chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and author of Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics .
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