KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, May 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – Fewer people = fewer problems. At least, that seems to be the philosophy behind the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) latest partnership with abortion giant Planned Parenthood to increase aid to war-torn and disaster-ravaged countries in the form of “family planning.”
UNFPA Director Babatunde Osotimehin says his group will work with International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) to “galvanize political commitment” to increase access to birth control and “modern family planning” in what the group says are “13 countries with some of the lowest contraceptive prevalence,” including Bolivia, Côte d'Ivoire, Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Myanmar, Nigeria, the Pacific Islands, Pakistan and South Sudan.
These “post-conflict and post-disaster” countries, said the UNFPA, are “some of the most-hard-to-reach areas around the world.”
While the UNFPA press release does not make clear whether the initiative will include abortion, the UNFPA and Planned Parenthood both view abortion as a central element of family planning.
The details of the initiative will be announced Thursday at the controversial “Women Deliver” conference, where pro-infanticide philosopher Peter Singer, late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, and pro-abortion Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius are featured speakers.
Osotimehin said he especially hopes to reach “young people.”
Father Peter West, Vice President for Missions at Human Life International, criticized the UN’s approach in a statement to LifeSiteNews.
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“What refugees of war torn countries and victims of natural disasters need most are food, shelter, clean water and medicine, not ‘family planning services,” Fr. West said. “The United Nations Population Fund has one agenda: population control through the elimination of future generations. They push this agenda whatever the circumstances, including international crises.”
“That UNFPA is teaming with the world’s largest abortion provider International Planned Parenthood Federation on this project speaks volumes,” added West. “The goal is not authentic humanitarian aid, but to pump women with harmful drugs and devices to destroy these already suffering families.”
The UNFPA has long touted the “unmet need” for contraceptives around the world. The group estimates there are “222 million women” who lack access to wanted contraceptives, but those numbers have been called into question by World Bank economists and other experts who say the UN’s definitions of “unmet need” and “demand” are scientifically flawed.
In 2012, the organization went so far as to call contraceptives a basic human right. “Family planning is a human right. It must therefore be available to all who want it,” declared the UNFPA annual report. “But clearly this right has not yet been extended to all.”
The report called on nations of the world to fight “cultural barriers” such as religious convictions and legal constraints that cause women to forgo the use of birth control.