Monday October 30, 2000


NEW YORK, Oct 30 – “Parents would be scandalized to know UNICEF actively promotes abortion and sexual rights to children,” said Anna Halpine, president of the World Youth Alliance. “On top of that, the realization of these goals and programs are largely fueled by donations obtained from children trick-or-treating for UNICEF programs each Halloween.” she said a press release from the WYA.

Halpine pointed out that UNICEF was founded in 1946 to help starving children after the destruction of World War II. Over the past few decades, however, UNICEF’s mission of direct action and service to children in need has shifted towards a stated policy of child advocacy, or the promotion of controversial “child rights.” This new direction, advanced by UNICEF’s current executive director, continues to de-emphasize providing services to children in need, while favoring the promotion of such programs that advance sexual and reproductive rights for children. This UN-speak translates into confidential abortion services for children as young as 10 years old.

“It’s appalling that UNICEF exploits children to raise funds for the destruction of children and women in the developing world,” Halpine added. “With a radical ‘adolescent sexual rights’ agenda, which seeks to limit parental involvement and which refuses to define the limits of these terms, UNICEF is abusing the trust which the public has placed in this supposedly child-centered organization. Unfortunately, with this new direction, UNICEF has totally abandoned its original mandate to provide basic health care and education services to the poorest children of the world. By participating in an aggressive campaign to promote these activities under the banner of child rights, UNICEF is discrediting the entire movement which it claims to champion.”


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