Planned Parenthood Threatens Nigerian UN Ambassador Over Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 26, 2013   |   1:23PM   |   New York, NY

Delegates from around the word are a the United Nations headquarters in New York City for the latest Commission on Population and Development. At that meeting, the international affiliate of the Planned Parenthood abortion business is threatening the representative from Nigeria.

The abortion giant essentially is saying it will try to get the ambassador removed from her position if she doesn’t support “reproductive rights” language that could ultimately lead to the UN endorsing abortion.

Patrick Buckley of the European Life Network comments on the developing situation:

International Planned Parenthood have resorted to placing pressure on the Nigerian Ambassador to United Nations to accede to their demands to include references to sexual and reproductive health and rights in the current negotiations on Population and Development in New York.

A letter written by a Planned Parenthood executive was sent yesterday to Nigerian NGO’s seeking support for their demand that Nigeria should accept their anti life and anti family agenda.

The letter looks like a veiled threat that PP will use their influence to cause the ambassador to lose her position at UN Women as First Chair if her delegate does not back down on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The letter sounds so nice but hidden behind the provision calling for sexual and reproductive health and rights is an agenda to legalize prostitution, same sex marriage, abortion on demand and to sexualize children whilst at the same time denying parental rights.

The letter he referenced follows:

Dear Ambassador Ogwu,

We commend you for the leadership role that Nigeria has taken in advancing women’s rights within the United Nations.  We are particularly proud of your efforts, as the first chair of UN Women, to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.  As you know, achieving gender equality and empowerment of women depend on the full realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

As a result, we are writing to express our concern about the position taken by Nigeria during the 46th Session of the Commission on Population and Development.  We are particularly concerned about the fact that Nigeria has called for the bracketing of all language around sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The government of Nigeria has reported to CRC that the maternal mortality rate is estimated to be 800/100,000 live births (2009).  According to a recent Lancet study (2010), Nigeria has the second highest number of maternal deaths in the world, accounting for more than 10% of maternal deaths worldwide. The study further showed that Nigeria’s maternal mortality ratio has substantially increased between 1990 and 2008. (2010) Also, the 2008 National Demographic Health Survey found that among women aged 15 to 49, girls between 15 and 19 were the least likely to know of a contraceptive method.



As a signatory to Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of women in Africa, we trust that your government will commit to a positive resolution that reaffirm women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment. We stand ready to work with you to ensure that Nigeria continues to serve as leader in advancing sexual and reproductive rights and health within the United Nations.


Doris Mpoumou | International Advocacy Officer International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR)

Pro-life advocates wanting to thank Nigeria for its pro-life stance can go to