by Steven Ertelt
June 13, 2006
Wellington, New Zealand (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life group in New Zealand is upset that the island nation’s government gave more than seven million dollars to international pro-abortion organizations last year alone. News of the donations came during a speech the prime minister made yesterday.
Prime Minister Helen Clark gave an address to the 4th Asian Women Parliamentarians and Ministers Conference in Wellington yesterday and told those attending that the nation has given $7.3 million to pro-abortion groups.
The donations were split between the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which has been involved in promoting China’s population control program of forced abortions and sterilizations.
Family Life International media spokesperson Brendan Malone condemned the donations.
"Both of these organizations exist to promote and provide abortions and contraception all over the world, particularly in third world countries," Malone said in a statement provided to LifeNews.com.
"Last week we learnt about an elderly Northland cancer suffer who lost her nose to her illness and was denied an operation to replace it because of her age. Then this week we learn that over $7.3 million dollars of taxpayer money was given to organizations dedicated to promoting and carrying out abortion," Malone added.
"This is an outrageous and disgraceful state of affairs," he said.
“While the New Zealand Government spends millions of dollars of tax payer money to fund international abortions, spending on essential services such as surgery, policing, education, and roading is left sorely wanting," Malone concluded.
Prime Minister Clark touted New Zealand’s pro-abortion position and donations during the address.
"New Zealand advocates strongly for the international community to focus more attention on sexual and reproductive health and rights," she said.
"New Zealand remains a strong supporter of the United Nations Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. We are providing an increasing amount of resources to both these international population agencies," Clark added.