United Nations’ Maternal Mortality Conference Criticized for Promoting Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
October 22, 2007
London, England (LifeNews.com) — A United Nations conference that was supposed to focus on the issue of maternal mortality has instead concentrated on promoting abortion. A coalition of pro-life groups is blasting the international entity for promoting a procedure that harms women medically and presents a host of mental health problems.
The Women Deliver conference in London was supposed to be dedicated to improving maternal health around the world, but it is under fire for failing to meet that objective.
"Women are dying all over the world from malaria, a lack of clean water and much else, and all this crew wants to talk about is legal abortion," Austin Ruse, the president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, said in comments sent to LifeNews.com.
A coalition of groups, including C-FAM, Concerned Women of America and the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologist released a letter about the weekend conference.
They expressed profound disappointment and dismay" that the Women Deliver Conference failed to focus on its goals.
"Regrettably, the conference agenda was so preoccupied with promoting the ideology and practice of abortion that the genuine healthcare needs of women and children were virtually ignored in the plenary sessions and overwhelmed in the panel discussions," the letter states.
The groups said pro-abortion presenters gave conference attendees unreliable data to justify legalizing abortion and they said pro-abortion groups should never have been included in the agenda.
The Women Deliver organizing committee includes the International Planned Parenthood Foundation and Marie Stopes International — two of the leading abortion businesses in the world.
Susan Yoshihara, a C-FAM official, writes in the group’s Friday Fax publication about what happened.
She said the United Nation’s second in command announced that the UN must make “sexual and reproductive health a priority in order to improve development.”
“We know what needs to be done. Access to sexual and reproductive health services, family planning, skilled care, emergency care, and trained midwives," Asha-Rose Magiro, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, said at the conference.
Following Magiro’s remarks, Francisco Songare, MD, Director of the UN’s Partnership for Maternal and Newborn Health, said that the first priority in reducing maternal mortality “must be sexual and reproductive health – abortion – and without taboos!”
Also at the conference, representatives of the British government announced the nation will give an additional 200 million pounds [$400 million] to UNFPA over the next five years because the United States has revoked funding for the group.
The Bush administration has yanked American funding because the organization has been involved in and supportive of the one-child family planning policies of China, which have resulted in brutal campaigns of forced abortions and other human rights abuses.
Dr. Robert Walley, the director of MaterCare International, a pro-life medical group, told the C-FAM publication, “It is ridiculous to address abortion … at a conference about maternal mortality."
"By definition, a maternal mortality involves a pregnant woman, not a pregnancy that has been avoided or aborted," he said.