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UNITED NATIONS, March 31, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute’s (C-FAM) President Austin Ruse today said, “We have never seen such a concentrated and sustained effort to advance abortion at the UN,” describing the latest push by the United Nations to ensure universal access to abortion leading up to next week’s conference on HIV/AIDS.

“A UN body looks poised to call for universal access to abortion as a necessary prerequisite for success in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the full implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” Ruse explained in his weekly Friday Fax. “The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will be the latest in a series of efforts by UN agencies and special interest groups to spread the pro-abortion agenda by inserting it into programs that have not included abortion rights, including the global fight against AIDS and the strategy to achieve the MDGs.”

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in his preparatory reports for the 38th Session of the CPD, taking place from April 4 to April 8, calls for “strengthening the links between HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health,” adding that “The United Nations and its partners are expected to intensify program linkages between HIV programs and sexual and reproductive health services.” Sexual and reproductive health services are UN euphemisms for abortion, contraception, and sterilization.

“The international community’s commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals needs to incorporate the universal reproductive health services target of the International Conference on Population and Development [ICPD] so that funding for family planning and reproductive health services is secured along with increased funding for HIV/AIDS,” another Annan report stated. The 1994 Cairo ICPD conference set 2015 as the target year in which universal access to abortion would be realized worldwide.

In addition, Annan endorsed a “radical document” – the New York Call to Commitment – produced by the UN in collaboration with abortion activist groups, which calls for a mobilization of resources for “dramatically increasing linkages between HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health programs and services,” claiming that the MDGs “will not be achieved without ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services and programs.”

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