Women Deliver, a global conference on maternal health, has tapped pro-infanticide philosopher Peter Singer and partial-birth abortionist LeRoy Carhart to train family planning advocates. While the conference purports to address health needs of poor women and an “unmet need” for contraception, many sessions promote unregulated abortion up to birth.
C-FAM, an international pro-family group, expects this will cause trouble for speakers like Melinda Gates. Last year, the wife of billionaire Bill Gates elicited pledges from presidents to advance her family planning campaign within their countries by promising it will not include abortion or population control.
“Women Deliver is billed as a next step in Melinda Gates’ campaign. Gates assured supporters that her campaign has nothing to do with abortion or population control. Yet the speakers and workshops at Women Deliver advocate practices — like unlimited abortion — that will increase maternal and newborn deaths,” said Wendy Wright, C-FAM’s Vice President for Government Relations and Communications.
C-FAM also discovered the often-repeated statistic that 220 million women have an “unmet need” for contraception — a powerful advocacy point — is inflated. A study by the Guttmacher Institute reveals the duplicity.
“Guttmacher adds the number of women who choose not to use contraception to the group of women who cite lack of access — and claims the combined group of women have an ‘unmet need’ for contraception. Most of these 220 million women will not use contraception regardless of its availability because of side effects, personal opposition, infrequent sexual activity, they just had a baby or are breastfeeding, or their partner is opposed,” said Wright.
“Women Deliver encourages tactics that increase unsafe abortions. One campaign backs the inferior drug misoprostol for bleeding after childbirth over a superior medication — because misoprostol can be used for abortions. The goal is to get abortion drugs into nations where abortion is unacceptable or illegal,” Wright said.
U.S. health secretary Kathleen Sebelius will also speak at Women Deliver. Sebelius imposed a contraception/abortion mandate against employers that has sparked 50 lawsuits for violating constitutional rights. Her close ties to late-term abortionists as governor prompted accusations that she shielded abortionists from prosecutions.
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C-FAM representatives and Wendy Wright attended the two previous Women Deliver conferences and provided these final reports: