Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tell World Congress Of Families That UNFPA Deserves Some Credit!


The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is a great resource for learning about what is going on in the world. They are studying current issues worldwide in humanitarian and human rights issues. Some of their most interesting projects include the sex-ratio imbalance in Asia, Manila slums, HIV in Latin America, and Fistula worldwide.

The organization was recently criticized by pro-life groups! It is reported,

An international network of pro-family groups is calling on the UN Population Fund to place development before its promotion of abortion and contraception under the agency's "reproductive health services."

The criticism from the World Congress of Families International (WCF) comes in response to the UNFPA's recently released annual report which stated that "reproductive rights" and contraception are the primary focus of the organization's work....

"UNFPA acts as if this was one of the great tragedies to befall humanity – that a woman is expecting a child whose conception wasn't planned," commented Allan Carlson, secretary of the pro-family network.
UNFPA reports:

-Every minute of every day...
one woman dies from a treatable complication of pregnancy
-Every minute of every day...
9 people contract HIV and 6 die of AIDS
-Every minute of every day…
2 billion struggle to survive on a dollar a day or less
-Every minute of every day…
190 women get pregnant without intending to

With HIV/AIDS as the biggest international problem, I'm not surprised this group is trying to address the pandemic and its awful effects. HIV/AIDS certainly seems like a prime candidate for the worst population crisis today. UNFPA spends $148 million annually on reproductive health programs, compared to only $51 million on development programs. World Congress Of Families International seems to suggest this is a bad thing.

With HIV/AIDS ruining families at an extraordinary rate, especially in most of Africa and Asia, it would seem that a pro-life group like the WCF would support such their gallant effort. HIV/AIDS is also to blame for failing economies in those areas, not to mention a high rate of orphans, sex slaves, poverty, and genital mutilation.

I think some pro-life groups need to get over contraceptives and look at some of the real issues in developing countries. Not only do these areas need contraceptives, they also need clean medical equipment, trained midwives and nurses, and educators to teach prevention. UNFPA's mission statement: "UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect."

This is not a group just trying to give out contraceptives or promote abortion. They are trying to fight AIDS, poverty, and the lack of medical services. Giving out contraceptives reduces the chances of passing on HIV/AIDS and having an unwanted pregnancy.


Subject: Give pro-life UNFPA some credit!
Message: UNFPA does uphold pro-life values, as exemplified in their mission statement ( WCF should seek to work together with UNFPA to address issues of family, development, and international humanitarian efforts.
Thank you for your consideration,
and Life Consistency (

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