UNICEF Among Sponsors of New Campaign Promoting Abortion

Canadian government development agencies among participants in campaign A new global initiative was launched by various agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in New York last week that includes a call for legal abortion. Among the sponsors of the initiative called “Deliver Now for Women and Children” is the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a UN agency that persistently denies they support abortion in any way, shape, or form. Marketed as a campaign to raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on maternal and child health, the agenda of “Deliver Now” includes a call for “safe abortion” which is synonymous with legal abortion. The campaign is coordinated by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, chaired by Kul Gautam, the deputy executive director of UNICEF and assistant secretary-general of the UN, and whose members include among others: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International Planned Parenthood Federation, government development agencies from the US, UK, Canada, and Bangladesh, as well as WHO and UNFPA. The campaign lists a number of severe maladies that effect maternal health and concludes “most maternal deaths could be prevented if women had access to and could use professional care.” “Deliver Now” defines “quality care” as including “services before and during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, as well as safe abortion.” The “Deliver Now” website features the stark tagline, “More than 10,000,000 deaths per year. Too many to ignore.” This enormous number is the conflation of two numbers; the total number of childhood deaths per year from all causes, said to be 10 million, and the number of deaths women suffer from maternal causes, a...