By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
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NEW YORK, December 2 (C-Fam) A three-year campaign to have the General Assembly endorse “comprehensive sexuality education” programming fizzled out during negotiations this year.
Sponsors of the annual General Assembly resolution on the “Rights of the Child” did not include “comprehensive sexuality education” in the draft resolution that is being considered for adoption, resulting in a kind of ceasefire on one of the most heated UN battles on social issues.
European and World Health Organization standards for comprehensive sexuality education prescribe teaching children under 4 years old about “early childhood masturbation” and promote social acceptance of homosexuality and transgenderism throughout primary school.
The controversial programming that set off a firestorm in the UN first found its way into a UN resolution in 2012 within the Economic and Social Council. Since then, the General Assembly, which gives final approval to all UN policy, has been locked in an irreconcilable debate on its use.
Last year the resolution on the Rights of the Child was adopted by a vote for the first time after its sponsors from Europe and Latin America insisted on including comprehensive sexuality education despite reservations from African delegations. Almost the entirety of the African Group abstained as a result.
This year moderate delegations among the sponsors sought to avoid the same outcome. They kept out the offensive terminology, even though it was included in early drafts of the resolution in September.
Stefano Gennarini, J.D. writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute (https://c-fam.org/). This article appears with permission.”
By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
NEW YORK, December 2 (C-Fam) The biggest names in international abortion advocacy are looking for ways to convince the incoming Trump administration not cut their funding by reinstating the 1984 Mexico City Policy.
The policy requires that grantees of US foreign aid for family planning do not perform or actively promote abortions. It was rescinded under Democratic administrations and reinstated by Republicans.
Suzanne Ehlers, president and CEO of Population Action International (PAI), said she was “operating under the assumption that it will be reinstated if not on Trump’s first day in office, then on his second day in office.” PAI was founded in the late 1960s with the purpose of generating public support for taxpayer-funded population control programs abroad.
Chloë Cooney, director of global advocacy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, rang an alarmist tone, saying “You see clinics close suddenly because the funding that they were relying on disappears.”
In reality, clinics would not have to close since groups can keep performing abortions by using other sources of funding.
In the past, the Mexico City Policy did not to reduce access to family planning. US funding remained the highest in the world. It is $600M today.
Abortion advocates invoke two 2011 studies which attempted to link the policy to a curtailment of services and to higher abortion rates, but these have been discredited for having significant flaws in data and methodology.Read entire article
Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. writes for C-Fam. This article first appeared in the Friday Fax, an internet report published weekly by C-Fam (Center for Family & Human Rights), a New York and Washington DC-based research institute (https://c-fam.org/). This article appears with permission.”
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