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Sunday, January 25, 2009

This Little Light of Mine...Let It Shine!

President Obama rescinded the Mexico City policy to free up United States taxpayer funds to support abortion abroad. This was not unexpected. Of course he made this move on Friday evening so it doesn’t make the evening news and in hopes it will be forgotten by Monday. Only something truly evil tries to slink around in the darkness. It is our job to shine the light of truth on this moral catastrophe. After President Obama rescinded the Mexico City policy under the cover of darkness, he appended this notice to the statement:

In addition, I look forward to working with Congress to restore U.S. financial support for the U.N. Population Fund. By resuming funding to UNFPA, the U.S. will be joining 180 other donor nations working collaboratively to reduce poverty, improve the health of women and children, prevent HIV/AIDS and provide family planning assistance to women in 154 countries.


Jack Smith at the Catholic Key, the blog of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, further illuminates the evil emanating from the White House

This action could be even more monstrous than the reversal of the Mexico City Policy. The U.S. government ceased funding the UNFPA after independent investigations found the agency complicit in China's coercive one-child policy - coercion that includes forced abortions.

Following the State Department's own 2002 investigation, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell wrote a letter to Congress saying, "UNFPA's support of, and involvement in, China's population-planning activities allows the Chinese government to implement more effectively its program of coercive abortion."

UNFPA funding has been withheld for that reason since 2002 and the State Department continued to monitor China's coercive "family planning" regime.

The following U.S. State Department notice on UNFPA China policy has been removed from it's site, but is still available in Google's cache:

UNFPA China Program

The Government of the United States is disappointed that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has decided to continue to provide financial and technical assistance to the Chinese birth limitation program under the direction of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission. We have made our views known at the UNFPA Board meeting, which is currently reviewing the proposed new country program for China.

The U.S. opposition to this program is a matter of principle. It is not directed at UNFPA as an institution. Rather, it is based on the strong opposition of the United States to human rights abuses associated with coercive birth limitation regimes. While the United States has acknowledged that China has made some progress in its approach to population issues, Chinese birth limitation policy continues to contain clearly coercive elements in law and practice. The United States remains deeply concerned about these remaining coercive mechanisms, such as the "social maintenance fee" for "out of plan" births and regulations that leave women little choice but to undergo abortions.

The United States understands that UNFPA does not approve of these policies. Nonetheless, UNFPA’s continuing support for the Chinese coercive birth-limitation program unfortunately provides a de facto UN "seal of approval" on these activities. UNFPA should insist that all coercion end in the counties where it operates. Chinese birth limitation laws and policies are inconsistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and with the commitments undertaken by the Government of China at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.


Understand that this is the modus operandi of this administration. For all of President Obama’s big talk about transparency, he is a master illusionist. He diverts our attention in one direction only to accomplish a sleight of hand in the other. He says he is talking about a stimulus package but he is really talking about setting up a commission to ration health care based on the perceived worthiness of a person’s life. We think he is just rescinding the Mexico City policy but he is actually expanding the role of the United States in the coercive abortions in China. We must be vigilant. We must continuously shine light on all the dark corners of this administration.

5 comments:

Janette said...

The point is that health care is ALREADY rationed in the US. If you are old, poor, well employed (and can afford the plan), in the military or wealthy- you get health care. Those who do not fall into those areas of life do not.
I laugh at my mother's rally against universal coverage- when she takes Medicare (she is wealthy)or the soldier who has the family that is covered completely by Tricare.
The reality is that I teach lower middle class students who do without "butt cream" that costs too much for the family budget to alleviate an abscess on the tush. I have others who have teeth pulled rather than preventative dental care. I have two nephews who made sure they did not have jobs when their wives got pregnant so they would be covered by the government. One already had declared medical bankruptcy. They are both becoming pharmacists so they can rise above the medical nightmare they have lived with.
We need managed health care- but only those of us who work with these lower middle and lower class (but not too lower) can see it. My students are of two parent families who only make $30-50,000 a year together. The reality is that is the reality.
You want to stop abortions? Provided health care!
It is bad out here.
I do enjoy your blog- it keeps me thinking about what else I can do in my community. Thanks for that spark.

Nerina said...

Hi Catholic-Mom,

Is this another instance where we need to write our representatives? Can President Obama restore funding to UNFPA on his own? And just think, he has a 68% approval rating for his first days in office and our local paper had an article describing his first few days as "cautious." Give me a flippin' break.

Catholic Mom said...

Janette, I have written about this in more detail in my posts under the American health care heading. You are right that we are currently rationing care based on access due to insurance. What we need to do is use science and not special interest lobbying or malpractice litigation to clearly outline what is the minimum level of health care to which every American is entitled. People are going to be upset because there is a lot of fat in our health care practices that can be cut without affecting outcomes. Here is an example: Thousands of women who have had hysterectomies for non-malignant causes still get pap smears every year. There is no medical indication for this. The cervix is gone. The only thing a pap smear has been scientifically shown to do is screen for cervical cancer. It has not been shown to be an effective screen for vaginal malignancies. No cervix--no cervical cancer--no need for a pap smear. Why does this practice continue? Because gynecologists like the continued business post hysterectomy and women are under the illusion that such a regular exam will find "anything else that is wrong". There is no science to back this up. Of course the lawyers are out there waiting to pounce and sue the gynecologist because he/she didn't do an annual pap smear so didn't detect ovarian cancer early enough for a cure. But the science doesn't support the idea of an annual pap smear as a screen for ovarian cancer. So rather than trusting that a jury will be swayed by science or risking an out of court settlement, the gynecologist will continue to do the unnecessary pap smear to prevent this scenario from arising.

I don't have the perfect answer, but I can guarantee you that mandating everyone participate in a government run health care system is not the answer.

Catholic Mom said...

Nerina,

I do not believe President Obama can reinstate this funding on his own. However, this is the sort of thing that can be attached to another bill and slipped through unnoticed. By all means, write your Senators and Representatives and stay vigilant.

Shakespeare's Cobbler said...

Where can we find info like this consistently and easily? Trying to drudge through either the media or the blogosphere has proved frustrating to me in the past. Does one have to take the trouble to actually read all the documentation of the government's business, or is there anyone who takes the time to do so and then shows the relevant bits to the rest of us?

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