Washington, D.C. — Today, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its annual report on the state of the world. “The State of World Population 2012: By Choice, Not by Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development” was released in more than 100 capitals around the world, including Berlin, Geneva, Madrid, Paris, Tokyo, and Washington. It is available in numerous languages. Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Director and Senior Fellow of Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute made the following statement:
“The UNFPA report is based on the proclamation that family planning is a ‘human right.’ It bluntly states that ‘ensuring universal access’ to family planning means challenging traditional and local practices – another way of saying that any disagreement is to be squelched, and that freedom of religion and freedom of speech are irrelevant when family planning ‘rights’ are at stake. The UNFPA goals are justified by claiming that reducing unintended pregnancies would mean fewer abortions. Throughout the report, words like ‘all’ and ‘everyone’ pile up as the UNFPA declares their intent that ‘everyone’ in ‘all’ nations has a ‘human right’ for family planning and nothing can stand in the way of implementing UNFPA’s family planning goals around the world. This year, they especially stress the need for ‘family planning’ for ‘those who are young and unmarried.'”
Crouse continued, “The UNFPA offers economic reasons, but it focuses on what it calls the consequences of ignoring family planning: poverty, poor health and gender inequality and the ‘multiplier’ effect of empowering women by boosting their labor force participation. All these reasons constitute their basis for viewing family planning as a ‘human right,’ for raising billions of dollars, and urging that family planning be an integral part of nations’ development priorities.”
Crouse concluded, “The UNFPA sees nothing wrong with forcing believers around the world to give up their deeply held, long-established religious convictions in order to grant someone else’s far-fetched, newly minted ‘human right.’ Women around the world want to be free from want, and they desire the opportunity for an education, while the U.N. talks about ‘family planning’ as a ‘human right.’ Many of the targeted nations are desperate for clean water and basic sanitation. Many women in the targeted nations lack basic health supplies, like aspirin and penicillin. Many women in those nations are affected by health problems (like female genital mutilation and obstetric fistulas) and safety issues (like sex trafficking and rape), and the U.N. sends condoms.”
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