By Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
NEW YORK, April 21 (C-Fam) Governments have long agreed that abortion cannot be a part of family planning. The World Health Organization has gone along with that consensus until now. Recent journal articles by WHO researchers demonstrate the powerful global agency now rejects that consensus.
Women who want to “avoid pregnancy” following government guidelines in the wake of the Zika scare in Latin America “will need family planning services such as contraception and access to safe abortion,” according to one article that goes on to propose “evaluations of the barriers to access, availability, utilization and readiness of contraception, abortion and post-abortion services.”
The statement that abortion is a “family planning service” contradicts what the UN General Assembly has agreed for decades, namely, that “under no circumstance should abortion be promoted as a method of family planning.”
In another paper WHO researchers devise strategies to promote abortion and measure abortion access around the world, setting the stage to help groups that will carry out this work permanently through a network that would report, monitor, and evaluate “uptake and utilization of contraception and safe abortion care services.”
In Africa, WHO country teams are training doctors to perform abortions, sometimes over their objections, and perhaps even against the law.
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.”Read entire article
By Lisa Correnti
WASHINGTON DC, April 21 (C-Fam) A bipartisan bill introduced last week by U.S. lawmakers seeks to end impunity for website owners who knowingly facilitate online sale of children for sex. Currently, such websites hide behind an archaic federal communications law on internet freedom. The bill would also allow restitution to its victims.
“Congress never intended for Section 230 to give a free pass to the retailers of America’s children, and we must address the judicial interpretation of the law and provide a voice for the most vulnerable in our society,” Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), who introduced the bill.
The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (HR 1865) amends Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Courts have cited the law when dismissing charges against Backpage.com, an online classified advertisement company valued at a half billion dollars that sells women and children for sex.
Children sold through Backpage.com have sought restitution for inflicted harm but federal courts have dismissed the case against the online company finding that Section 230 of the CDA offered protection from all liability for third party content, “even if it were participating in, profiting from, or was a co-conspirator in a federal crime.” A U.S. Court of Appeals 1st District decision in 2016 made it clear congressional action was necessary to correct the interpretation of immunity.
A Senate subcommittee investigation in January found that Backpage.com knowingly allowed the placement of sex advertisements of minors and even collaborated with pimps on how to disguise online ads offering sexual encounters with minor girls. Anti-trafficking organizations testified that over 75% of their child sex trafficking victims report they were bought and sold on Backpage.com.
Lisa Correnti 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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