THE HAGUE, Feb 9 (  The Hague Forum, the first in a series of Cairo+5 meetings looking at the implementation of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, commenced yesterday. The meeting, organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), was addressed by UNFPA head Nafis Sadik, who announced that “Reproductive health (including abortion) as a human right must be promoted across the board.”

On the second day of the meeting, Hilary Clinton addressed the attendees re-emphasizing Sadik’s pro-abortion agenda. “Today I hope we can agree first and foremost that government has no place in the personal decisions a woman makes about whether to bring a child into the world,” said Clinton, who added that all women should have access to family planning programs including “safe abortion.” Clinton mused that even in countries where abortion is illegal wealthy women can get abortions. “What we ask is that all women have the same right to do so on their own behalf,” she said.