June 16, 2004
Re "U.S. Right Squeezes Lifesaving Aid to Africans," Commentary, June 10: Barbara Crossette writes on the effect of the "gag rule" [the Republican ban on giving aid to groups that counsel people on abortion] on the Young & Wise AIDS prevention program in Ghana and on the withdrawal of U.S. funds from the United Nations Population Fund. We Americans ought to be paying more attention. The Bush administration hopes that only its "fanatical faithful" will pay attention but that for the rest of us, these mean-spirited policies will pass under the radar.
May 30, 1996 |
More than half the world's projected 6.6 billion people in the year 2006 will be living in urban areas, underlining the prospect of crowded, violent and unhealthy cities, the United Nations Population Fund said in a report released in London. The biggest increase in urban population will be in developing countries, where the pressure on resources will be greatest, it added. "This urban future is inevitable and it should not be feared," the report said.
March 21, 2002
Re "Bush Proposes Major Boost in Development Aid," March 15: President Bush is to be lauded for wanting to increase development aid to poor countries by $5 billion. However, development without population stabilization and sustainable use of resources is meaningless. He is to be castigated for using his "ax of evil" in chopping off our country's contribution to the United Nations Population Fund, which offers family planning and reproductive health care, battles transmission of HIV and monitors violence against women and children, particularly in refugee camps in areas of conflict.
August 14, 2002 |
Even from my office in Ghana, it was clear that the recent U.S. decision to cancel this year's contribution to the United Nations Population Fund had nothing to do with China's abortion policies and everything to do with politics. But that didn't stop my blood from boiling. How could one man--albeit the U.S. president--so easily wager human lives and human hopes for short-term political gain? This decision does nothing about China's population policies.
July 24, 2002
The withholding of $34 million from the United Nations Population Fund is just another in a long line of actions that distance this country from the world community (July 21). Bowing to the political pocketbook dictates another policy that will prove to be hurtful to the most needy. The action was taken based upon a lie that the money funds disapproved-of practices in China. That has proved to be false, yet the administration refuses to release the report. The U.N. Population Fund itself bars funding from going to programs involved in coercion.
April 8, 2014 |
The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a law guaranteeing access to birth control and sex education in a country that has high maternal mortality and ranks 53rd worldwide in total fertility rate. Implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, also known as the RH Law, had been on hold for the last year following challenges to it by the Roman Catholic Church and conservative politicians who questioned the...