by Steven Ertelt
October 20, 2004
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Halloween is just around the corner and for another year UNICEF is urging children to collect funds when they go trick-or-treating. However, a pro-life group that monitors abortion on an international scale says the United Nation’s agency is pro-abortion and shouldn’t receive support.
For decades, UNICEF has used children to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in funds by collecting spare change. The idea is seen as a way for children in industrialized nations like the United States to help children living in impoverished countries.
However, Steven Mosher, president of Population Research International says the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) promotes abortion.
"Today’s UNICEF is not the same organization it was as recently as ten years ago," Mosher explains.
Instead of focusing on ending world hunger or increasing health care for children, UNICEF now spends a considerable amount of time on population control and family planning, efforts the normally involve abortion.
"UNICEF denies promoting abortion, but it has endorsed, and even helped to draft, documents that call for the legalization of abortion," Mosher says.
Earlier this month, the New Zealand Herald newspaper reported that UNICEF officials wrote members of the country’s parliament telling them to oppose efforts to require abortion business to tell parents when their teenage daughters are considering an abortion.
"The child advocacy group said the primary right when a girl became pregnant was not the right of a parent to know," the newspaper reported.
According to Mosher, UNICEF has funded the Population Council, the group which holds the U.S. patent for dangerous RU-486 abortion drug that has killed women in California and Sweden recently.
Another group UNICEF funds is a South African organization called LoveLife, which actively encourages teenage girls to have abortions.
LoveLife provides a toll free number to Marie Stopes International, a British-based international abortion business, recommending abortion and describing the abortion procedure as a "gentle suction."
The South African group says women who have abortions will feel "a sense of relief."
"No mention of post-abortion trauma here," Mosher said, "one is merely ‘ending a process,’ not taking the life of the child."
Dismayed at the change in focus, the Vatican ended its financial support for the UN agency in 1996.