this funding will cost thousands of women their lives
( and caused 2 million
unwanted pregnancies in the year 2003 alone ).
201 million women in low-income countries
would use safe, effective contraceptivemethods but such methods
are not available to them, including 25 percent of married women
in sub-Saharan Africa.
If these women had access to reliable family planning services, approximately
52 million unplanned pregnancies would be avoided in the developing world
But instead there are:
23 million unplanned births,
22 million induced
7 million spontaneous abortions,
1.4 million infant deaths,
pregnancy-related deaths, and
505,000 children who lose their mothers.
Meanwhile in the year 2003 the Netherlands (of all countries) pledged $50.3
million. Their contribution accounted for some 19
per cent of UNFPA’s mere $256 mil general resources. For the past several years,
UNFPA official development assistance has dropped significantly.
Apr 30th 2003, Bush, on the $15 billion AIDS aid: "When we see this kind of
preventable suffering. When we see a plague leaving graves and orphans across a
continent, we must act".
But George, don't you know that whilst
AIDS will be contracted by 28
between 2000 & 2020,
unwanted births will be over 200 million ? There's your "preventable suffering". No kudos to Bush on allowing
condom distribution, the reality is that the legislation requires both financial
and physical separation of AIDS prevention work and family-planning work. This
would require TWO clinics in every community, not a likely possibility in a poor
In April 2002, official government fact-finding teams from Great
Britain and the United States traveled to China and found "no evidence that the UN fund has
knowingly supported or participated in the management of a program of "coercive
abortion or involuntary sterilization" in China."
In fact the Chinese Government, has agreed to lift acceptor targets and birth
quotas in the areas where UNFPA is
But Powell said China was the reason he "must" deny aid to every country
that is served by the fund, despite the State Department's own investigator's
findings of UNFPA's non-involvement in China's One-Child policy.
Of the deprived children, born as a result of Bush's mis-calculated
policy, how many might become anti-American Terrorists? This unnecessary increase
in 3rd-world population will occur despite causing a similar 77,000 increase in infant
deaths as in 2003.
But after reluctantly signing the bill into
law, Bush unexpectedly stopped payment
on the money, under pressure from anti-abortion
even although a repeal of theGag Rule was dropped from the Bill. This bill is still in limbo
July 22, 2016.
At the International Conference on Population and
Development, governments estimated that basic reproductive health services,
including family planning,
prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, and population research and policy
formulation would require
funds of $17 -21 billion per year