Denial of 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 every year.
But instead there are:
23 million unplanned births,
22 million induced abortions,
7 million spontaneous abortions,
1.4 million infant deaths,
142,000 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.
Between 2015 and 2060, the world’s population is expected to
increase by 32%, to 9.6 billion. The number of Muslims – with the youngest
population and the highest fertility will increase by 70%. Christians will
rise by 34%, Muslims will equal Christians (3 billion each).
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
be contracted by 28 million
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 village! 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 fact the Chinese Government, has agreed to lift acceptor targets and
birth quotas in the areas where
UNFPA is working.
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 forces,
even although a repeal of theGag Rule
was dropped from the Bill. This bill is
still in limbo
June 28, 2017.
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