New York, Jan. 06 (C-fam.org/CWNews.com) – The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which has often responded to natural disasters with aggressive promotion of contraception and abortion, has been strikingly quiet in its response to the Asian tsunami, notes the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-Fam).
In a January 6 statement, the UNFPA called for $28 million in donations to support its efforts for the "re-establishment of basic reproductive health services" in Indonesia and other Asian countries. The group also sought support for "emergency reproductive health services" in Sri Lanka. But C-Fam notes that the UN agency’s literature did not explicitly reveal that these "reproductive services" would feature the distribution of condoms and abortifacient drugs.
"Free condoms are among the first reproductive health supplies to reach people caught in a crisis situation," the UNFPA web site says. The agency also states that in response to an international emergency, it can provide "oral and injectable contraceptives," the "morning-after" pill, and portable abortion devices. [Source]
Typical UNFPA response. The answer for hundreds of thousands of deaths is of course to prevent birth. Sorry about your loss, oh and have a condom. Strange that there web site mentions portable abortion device since they previously issued a press release that said “the Fund does not support abortion.” This was when the Bush Administration withheld money to the UNFPA because of their support of abortion.
In a related UN agency story – Dawn Eden reports on UNESCO’s efforts to prevent adoption of children orphaned by the tsunami by those outside those countries. UNESCO doesn’t exactly have a great track record of protecting children. They previously published a document endorsing full support of abortion rights for women and girls. Because of the previous UNFPA flap they ended up removing those documents that went against there own guide lines.