By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D
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NEW YORK, September 22, (C-Fam) Despite close ties with pro-abortion groups, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been constrained from openly promoting abortion but that may be changing.
The UN agency’s mandate and risk of losing donor support has tied its hands in the past, but recently-released documents from UNFPA’s latest progress evaluation show its behind-the-scenes support for abortion at the same time as some stakeholders are urging them to promote it more aggressively.
In January 2015, 22 U.S. Senators wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to continue funding UNFPA, expressing disappointment that “number of misperceptions about the organization persist,” adding that “UNFPA does not promote abortion as a method of family planning.”
During UNFPA’s recent biannual executive board meeting, its Evaluation Office presented a report assessing UNFPA’s support for international family planning from 2008-2013. The evaluators recognized UNFPA’s efforts to ensure the inclusion of contraceptive methods in countries’ essential medicines lists, ensuring their availability and funding through national budgets. In particular, they noted UNFPA’s “discreet leadership” in getting misoprostol onto several countries’ lists, “which has revolutionized access to safe abortion.”
Misoprostol is also used to prevent and treat excessive bleeding during childbirth, but its use to induce abortions, either alone or in combination with mifepristone, have made its inclusion on essential medicines lists contentious. Adding to the controversy, many of the groups most strongly promoting its use for postpartum hemorrhage are also promoting its use for abortions.
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Rebecca Oas, 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.”
By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. and Rebecca Oas, Ph.D
NEW YORK, September 22 (C-Fam) Mother Teresa’s canonization in Rome reverberated at an event in UN headquarters where top diplomats praised the saint as the very essence of the UN’s mission even if they had opposed her message on life and family issues in the past.
“Mother Teresa is the United Nations,” the Secretary-General, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, said when he introduced Mother Teresa to the UN General Assembly in 1985. “Mother Teresa is peace in the world.”
His remarks were part of videos shown last week, which included the saint’s condemnation of abortion as “direct killing of a child” and “the greatest destroyer of peace.” For those following the abortion debate at the UN, it was a remarkable juxtaposition of the saint’s clear condemnation of abortion and unmitigated praise from countries that promote the policy.
The UN event was co-sponsored by the Holy See, along with the missions of India, Italy, Albania and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia where the saint’s birthplace now resides.
Albania’s ambassador lamented that the only country that prohibited St. Teresa and her work was the saint’s native Albania. Because of that, St. Teresa never saw her mother after leaving home for an Irish convent at the age of 18. The ambassador noted that while the communist regime is long gone, the saint lives on in the name of the airport, the capital’s main boulevard, the hospital and many other places.
Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. and Rebecca Oas, Ph.D write 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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