Hilary White


UNFPA Earmarks $26 Million for Philippine De-Population Programme

Hilary White

NEW YORK, February 10, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Philippine Ambassador to the UN, Lauro Baja Jr., said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has allotted the equivalent of US $26 million to fund “reproductive health projects” in the Philippines through 2009. In UNspeak, “reproductive health” is a standard euphemism for sterilization, artificial contraceptives and abortion.

In many cases the euphemistic language popular with UN abortion-supporters is coupled with the jargon of the environmental movement that equates human population with environmental damage. Baja employed this kind of language in describing the allocation, saying it “aims to improve the reproductive health of the people through better population management and sustainable human development.” 

Baja said the UNFPA program will focus on reducing fertility, improving maternal health, promoting adolescent reproductive health, and preventing HIV-AIDS.

Campaign Life Coaltion’s International Affairs Officer, and long-time lobbyist at the United Nations, Samantha Singson said, “Having observed UN meetings for years now, we know that the terms used by Mr. Baja are often used as euphemisms for abortion and related activities. They are going to have to fight the constitution on this if they want to introduce abortion or anything like it in the Philippines.” 

Despite the Philippine constitution that protects human life from the moment of conception, the anti-life movement is making gains there. The de-classified US National Security Memorandum 200, that outlined the plan to reduce the population in developing countries, included the Philippines as one of 13 countries targeted for depopulation.

In August, Philippine Congressman Edcel Lagman introduced the “Reproductive Health Act” that calls for “the limitation of the number of children to an affordable two children per family.” It calls upon the government to “encourage two child family size to attain the desired population growth rate.” A similar policy in communist China has led to widespread infanticide, forced abortion and sterilization and a looming demographic disaster as fewer female children are being allowed to live.

With files from Manila Bulletin Online. 

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