Wife of homophobic US pastor slams SA blogger over IVF

Cape Town - The wife of controversial US pastor Steven Anderson has some strong views of her own - including branding a South African blogger a "monster" for having IVF and believing that Africans "behave like animals".

"Another monster of a mother I have blogged about in the past is a vile woman in South Africa," she wrote on her blog Are they all yours? in 2011.

"I would link back to her but last I looked at her webpage several years ago, it was filled with so many expletives I cannot in good conscience link to her," wrote mother of nine Szuszanna Anderson.

"...She basically went through round after round of IVF, killing 80 babies in the process," she continued.

She was referring to blogger and author Tertia Albertyn who blogged her lengthy battle to have babies and went on to write a book about it called So close.

Szuszanna continued: "This monster did eventually end up with a set of twins, which she was not deserving of."

Not welcome

Her husband's anti-gay views made headlines after he announced a visit to South Africa on September 17 and 18 to preach the gospel of his Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona.

He calls gay people "sodomites" and "perverts" and when it became known that he would hold "soul filling" breakfasts at the Wimpy and Spur in Kempton Park, it was made clear to him that he was not welcome there when the establishments announced their doors were not open to him.

GaySA Radio's head Hendrick Baird started a petition to ask the Department of Home Affairs to block his visit. The SA Human Rights Commission took it up with the department, saying the Immigration Act and its regulations allowed Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba to declare him an "undesirable" and block his entry to SA.

A statement from Gigaba on Monday said that he noted their concerns, but Anderson could come to South Africa as long as he behaved himself.

Baird said they would compile evidence of Anderson's tirades against gay people for handover to the minister on Friday for him to consider this matter further.

Blogging about Albertyn, Szuszanna said her infertility was "self-inflicted" and added that she felt sorry for Albertyn's husband.

Complaints about Africa

"I'm sure eventually they went on to spay/neuter themselves to avoid such nasty accidents as a pregnancy in the future. Who knows, maybe they have divorced since, because like I said I have not been to her website in a couple of years."

In another blog entry in 2008, she complains about aid donations from the US to Africa for IVF treatment for African women, stating that they were probably unable to conceive without IVF because their partners had infected them with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

"'Infections' is a nice way to say that these women have been rendered infertile by the STDs that run rampant in Africa, diseases that would almost certainly be passed on to the babies created through IVF.

"Sure, I feel bad that people live in a country where they were probably infected by their own parents, but do we need to continue that cycle of disease through sponsored IVF procedures?

"Besides, maybe instead of handing out condoms like candy, these people should be taught not to live like animals and sleep with everyone and everything that moves."

Comment from Albertyn was not immediately available, but she retorted on her blog on November 29 2011, that the woman had "secret fantasies about me".

She continued: "Zsusie really hates IVF. And gays. And especially gays who do IVF. What do you think Zsusie would say if she knew that I helped many, many gay people become parents through egg donation, surrogacy and IVF!"

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