India Will Pay Poor Women to Have Girls to Avoid Sex-Selection Abortions

To combat the ever-worsening gender ratio in India, government officials are unveiling a new plan to pay poor women and their families to avoid sex-selection abortions and infanticides. Authorities hope the payments will stop the estimated 500,000 deaths of girl babies from both practices. The cash payments will send approximately 15,500 rupees (or about $384 US) to families. Although the amount appears small by Western standards, it’s a huge sum of money to poor Indian families. The Indian government says it hopes as many as 100,000 girls will be saved from the deadly practices in the first year alone in the trial program, which begins in seven states. As additional incentive, girls who become 18 get will another 100,000 rupees ($2,500 US) if they have completed their education and have not yet been married. According to a London Guardian report, Renuka Chowdhury, the women and children development minister, talked with the media about the new program. “We will pay the money in stages and monitor how they are brought up,” she said. “We think this will force the families to look upon the girl as an asset rather than a liability and will certainly help us save the girl child.” Some detractors questioned what effect the plan would have in more wealthy areas of the Asian nation, where prosperous families can afford to pay black market prices for ultrasounds and secret abortions. “It is the urban middle classes who can also afford the ultrasound tests to determine the sex of the foetus,” anti-infanticide activist Sabu George told the Guardian. “That is really the problem. The poor are copying the...

UN to Use Spider-Man to Push Agenda on U.S. Schoolchildren

The United Nations, in a desperate bid to regain prowess and favorable public opinion, has decided to team up with Marvel Entertainment and use Spider-Man to push pro-U.N. propaganda to children around the world. The move, reminiscent of World War II-era propaganda, is meant to sidestep the ugly relationship the U.N. has cultivated in recent years with the United States and other countries. Aside from political disagreements with the U.S. concerning foreign policy, the U.N. has suffered PR losses over its militant stance in favor of abortion and contraception. “These comics, featuring favorite Marvel characters such as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, will … tell the story of how the United Nations fights the challenges of poverty, disease, and conflict worldwide,” said a U.N. announcement. “By making the complex U.N. system accessible to youth, the partners hope to teach children the value of the international cooperation, and sensitize them to the problems faced in other parts of the world.” The idea of using children’s comics to push the agenda of the U.N. came from a French filmmaker named Romuald Sciora, who has released a series of short documentaries about former U.N. leaders and has been honored by the U.N. for his work in “informing the public, and particularly the world’s young people, about the United Nations.” Camille Schippa of the U.N. Office for Partnerships told the Financial Times that a storyline is due to be approved within weeks and that the cartoonists are working for free. The comic will be distributed to 1 million school children in the U.S., and the U.N. has plans to translate it into French...

November 2007 Briefings on UN Activities

Briefing on UN activities – November 19th to 23rd 2007 UNAIDS: 2007 AIDS Epidemic Update Two main items retained our attention at the UN last week. First, UNAIDS released its report “2007 AIDS epidemic update”. Second, November 20th marked the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which is the guiding document used by UNICEF. UNAIDS: 2007 AIDS Epidemic Update Funding UNAIDS has gathered enormous support over the past decade. Many UN agencies envy the attention it has received and quote it as an example of the momentum and support required to impact any given cause. Funding is crucial for any international endeavor taken on by a UN agency. Funding increases depending on the level of public support and the perceived number of people who would be impacted by a particular project or agency. Reliability of Statistics One would think that international agencies such as UNAIDS have developed a comprehensive process that insures reliable statistics. It seems this was not the case until this year. The opening statement of the report by UNAIDS states that “In 2007, advances in the methodology of estimations of HIV epidemics applied to an expanded range of country data have resulted in substantial changes in estimates of numbers of persons living with HIV worldwide. However the qualitative interpretation of the severity and implications of the pandemic has altered little.” The statement clearly demonstrates that UNAIDS fears its funding will be reduced proportionally to the greatly revised number of people infected. This also diminishes the credibility of reports produced by this UN agency. UNAIDS credits an in depth revision of the...

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...

May 2007: Abortion

Poland Defies the European Union Pro-Abortion Groups Promote FOCA in Wake of Supreme Court Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Decision Gonzales v. Carhart – A Step Away From Roe? A New Dawn: Gonzales v. Carhart Begins a New Day in Abortion Law Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Decision Recognizes Trauma of Abortion Mexico City Abortion Vote World Bank & Abortion  Harvard Study on Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Appears Seriously Flawed But Shows that Pregnancy to Term Reduces Risk of Cancer Amnesty International Policy Change Considered Rogersville teen puts face on abortion debate British Study of Hospitals Over 20 Years Finds 1 in 30 Babies Survive Abortion (i.e. "Failed Abortions") American Idol 'Gives Back' to Abortion Groups  Mother's Day Grief…   POLAND DEFIES EU. Host country of the World Congress of Families IV held in Warsaw May 11-13, 2007, threw down the gauntlet in a frontal challenge to the European Union during the pro-family congress which attracted some 3,300 delegates from all over the world. Poland's Minister of Education and Vice Prime Minister and the Speaker of Parliament proclaimed during the congress that Poland has no intention of agreeing to the demands of the European Union (EU) that it follow the regulations established in Brussels and the European Parliament to provide abortion, homosexual rights, same-sex marriage and other attacks on the traditional family demanded by the EU. An EP debate and resolution which was passed last month condemned Poland for being "hateful" and "repulsive" for refusing to permit the promotion of homosexuality in schools (http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/apr/07042608.html ) The resolution went so far as to suggest that "homophobic" country's such as Poland would be taken to court. Pro-family leaders were told that the...