Obama Women’s Ambassador Touts Funding Pro-Abortion United Nations Group
by Steven Ertelt
April 27, 2009
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — Last week, President Barack Obama’s new international women’s ambassador followed through on expectations that she would use her position to promote Obama’s pro-abortion agenda. Melanne Verveer touted Obama’s decision to send $50 million to the United Nation’s Population Fund.
Known as the UNFPA, the UN organization has come under fire from the United States and other nations for working hand-in-hand with Chinese family planning officials.
The agency has gone as far as sharing offices with the very workers who subject women to forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations and their families to human rights abuses when they violate the one-child rule China has implemented.
In a speech on Thursday at a luncheon honoring Nafis Sadik, the former head of the UNFPA, Verveer touted the UNFPA funding and said Obama allowed it because of his commitment to population control as outlined at a UN population conference in Cairo 15 years ago.
According to an AP report, Verveer said the millions in taxpayer funding to the pro-abortion group "will send an unambiguous signal to the world that the U.S. supports the Cairo Platform for Action."
For Obama, Verveer said she wanted to "clearly reiterate the renewed and deep commitment of the United States government to the … Program of Action, and the Obama administration’s steadfast determination to continue to work with other governments and NGOs to meet the goals we have set."
During the meeting, Sadik, an aggressive abortion advocate during her tenure at the UNFPA, praised the pro-abortion agenda Obama has implemented. She said the Obama administration needs to "shed the baggage" that the Bush administration "put on us … so unnecessarily."
Sadik also decried the "distortions of religion" and "bigots" who deny so-called abortion rights to women.
Verveer, an abortion advocate who served as chief of staff to former First Lady Hillary Clinton, was nominated to the post based on her close ties to Clinton and her experience as co-founder of Vital Voices Global Leadership. She holds the rank of Ambassador-at-Large.
Verveer founded Vital Voices with assistance from pro-abortion former UN ambassador Madeline Albright to reaffirm the population and development goals of the United Nations conference in Beijing in 1995.
Marie Smith, the director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues, told LifeNews.com previously that Obama’s creation of the post and appointment of Verveer to it will advance abortion on a global scale.
Combined with his decision to overturn the Mexico City Policy, she said the announcement "adds to the evidence that both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are pursuing a global abortion agenda" that "makes no attempt at common ground."
Smith said Obama’s decision will promote abortion at a time when women need real help and assistance ranging from economic support to better health care and education.
"It is tragic that the United States will pursue a path of imposing an extremist view of abortion that 60% of the world’s countries reject, while at the same time, women globally are in need of life-affirming measures to improve their and their families’ lives," Smith said.
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