VATICAN, November 8, 2001 ( – The Vatican released an official document today condemning a United Nations field manual on reproductive health for refugees. The Vatican document, “The Reproductive Health of Refugees” slammed the United Nations document for promoting “irresponsible sexual relationships and even abortion.” The 241-page field guide was published in 1999 by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), written in collaboration with the World Health Organization, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) and some Non-Governmental Organizations.

The Vatican document, sent to bishops’ conference around the world, said the manual “has created moral and intellectual confusion” and is “utilitarian and neo-Malthusian.” The Vatican accuses the field manual of falsely presenting the “morning after pill” as if it were a contraceptive when in fact it is abortifacient. According to the Vatican, the manual encourages “the separation between sexuality and procreation through the promotion of a ‘non-judgmental’ attitude on extramarital relationships and homosexuality.”“Instead of being educated in true love, of marriage and future family life, these boys and girls are introduced to the world of individualistic and irresponsible sexual pleasure that increases the risk of the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” says the Vatican.

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