An essential question was asked of the head of the UN Population Fund during a televised panel discussion:
“How many women is the UN Population Fund helping with infertility?”
Brilliant. Because the answer is "zero." When the UN looks at reproductive health, the end-game is always to limit fertility -- either through contraceptives, abortions, or surgery. But there are women in Africa (like everywhere) who struggle with infertility, which takes on larger proportions there:
Global survey data show that African women want more children than women elsewhere in the world – over five per woman in sub-Saharan Africa. Such a cultural acceptance of children can exacerbate the sorrow of women suffering from Africa’s emerging infertility problem, which is often the result of treatable infections. This issue remains largely neglected as a development priority.
One must remember the foundress of Planned Parenthood, whose "spirit" is at the core of the group:
Feminist groups targeted each of these regional conferences to achieve what they failed at Cairo: the establishment of an international right to abortion. One feminist organization described its priorities as “access to safe and legal abortion, modern contraception, and comprehensive sexuality education.”
The final regional meeting is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Last week a youth conference held in the same city released a list of “African youth priorities.” The opening ceremony featured a speaker from Planned Parenthood urging participants to place strong emphasis on sexual and reproductive health services.
The youth document requested governments remove legal restrictions on abortion and ensure “safe and comprehensive” access to abortion.
More from the fit; fewer from the unfit -- that is the driving force of eugenics, and the UN has adopted much of that mentality from its energetic (and well-financed) co-collaborator, Planned Parenthood. This is not "reproductive health" but a coercive intrusion meant to undermine the existing family culture. And we're paying for it.
UPDATE: for a reminder of another dimension of the UN Population Fund, consider this horrific story.
A Chinese woman has revealed she was dragged from her home in the middle of the night and forced to have an abortion, three months before her child was due to be born. Liu Xinwen, 33, and her husband Zhou Guoqiang were left devastated after the mother-of-one was pulled from her bed and taken to hospital to be injected with an abortion-inducing drug.
Mr Zhou told Sky News how he was held down on the sofa while his terrified wife was taken away to the hospital. He then spent a desperate five hours trying to find out where Liu Xinwen had been taken as officials refused to tell him. When he eventually found his wife at the People's Hospital of Fangzi District in Weifang City, he arrived just minutes after the injection had been administered.
Though the government credits the [one child] policy with preventing hundreds of millions of births and helping lift countless families out of poverty, it is reviled by many ordinary people. The strict limits have led to forced abortions and sterilizations, even though such measures are illegal. Couples who flout the rules face hefty fines, seizure of their property and loss of their jobs.
Many demographers argue that the policy has worsened the country's aging crisis by limiting the size of the young labor pool that must support the large baby boom generation as it retires. They say it has contributed to the imbalanced sex ratio by encouraging families to abort baby girls, preferring to try for a male heir.
Words fail, and these often repeated horrors are supported by the United Nations and our own government:
Such is China’s ruthless population control program, a program that is aided heavily by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that the Obama administration is funding to the tune of $50 million per year.