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
March 25, 2014.
Let us prevent far more suffering
by financing FULL Family Planning. Let us avert the
possible AIDS contraction by those 200 million unwanted children. Denial of
this funding will cost thousands of women their lives ( and caused 2 million
unwanted pregnancies in the year 2003 alone ).
Meanwhile the Netherlands (of all countries) pledged $50.3
million. Their contribution accounts for some 19
per cent of UNFPAís mere $256 mil general resources. For the past several years,
UNFPA official development assistance has dropped significantly.
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
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.
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