Use withheld funds for child survival programs |

Use withheld funds for child survival programs

Several letters recently have expressed a negative opinion of President Bush’s recent decision to withhold funds from the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA). These letters make claims that the UNPFA, if properly funded, would reduce the amount of abortion and infant death.

I applaud Mr. Bush for this action. In country after country, the UNPFA offers only abortion, sterilization, and contraception, standing idly by while children die for lack of basic aid. If the $34,000,000 that President Bush took away from UNPFA were spent on child survival programs instead of population control, we could save hundreds of thousands of lives.

When President Bush defunded the UNPFA, the population control agency claimed this would result in 2 million unwanted pregnancies, nearly 800,000 abortions, 4,700 maternal deaths, nearly 60,000 serious maternal illnesses, and 77,000 infant and child deaths (IPPF claim). The major media bought these ludicrous claims hook, line and sinker. But are they true?

UNFPA’s false claims date back to a 1996 Abortion Consortium of pro-abortion physicians who claimed that contraception could save the lives of women and children.

Could $34,000,000 for contraception really prevent 2 million unwanted pregnancies and 800,000 abortions? The answer is: No. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 58 percent of all abortions are the result of contraceptive failure.

Dr. Malcolm Potts, the Medical Director for the IPPF, said that as people turn to contraception, there will be a rise, not a fall, in the abortion rate. And abortion statistician Christopher Tietze said that the abortion rate in a country with moderately effective contraception programs will be 1,000 per 1,000 women over their lifetimes. This is the best we can expect. Globally, abortion rates are directly proportional with contraceptive use. If $34,000,000 goes to contraception, abortion rates will rise.

Additionally, could $34,000,000 for UNPFA population control save the lives of 77,000 children? Again: No. There is no scientific connection between preventing life through abortion and contraception and preventing future death. However, if $34,000,000 were spent on child survival programs, the lives of millions of children could be saved.

Bill Harris

Grass Valley

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