GENEVA, May 25, 2004 ( – The World Health Organization’s first strategy on reproductive health was adopted Saturday by the 57th World Health Assembly (WHA).

The strategy targets five priority aspects of reproductive and sexual health:  – improving antenatal, delivery, postpartum and newborn care – providing high-quality services for family planning, including infertility services – eliminating unsafe abortion – combating sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, reproductive tract infections, cervical cancer and other gynaecological morbidities – promoting sexual health   Pro-life leaders on the international scene warn that the term “eliminating unsafe abortion” means little more than promoting abortion. spoke with Samantha Singson, a pro-life lobbyist at the United Nations.  Singson, currently at UN headquarters in New York trying to ensure pro-life language in a disability convention document, told that many countries have been coerced to allow abortion under the guise of “eliminating unsafe abortions”.

Singson said, “Typically, countries with pro-life legislation are presented with false and inflated statistics on the supposed vast number of women dying through illegal abortions, and countries are thus pressed to allow legal abortion as a remedy.”  She concluded, “Abortion is an unsafe procedure for both mother and child, and legalizing it won’t change that.”  See the WHO release on new programme:


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