Our democratic presidential candidates could have provided the votes to restore funding to UNFPA, but instead, they were out campaigning.
Last night, the Senate passed the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill that includes significant provisions overturning destructive policies on family planning and HIV/AIDS. Be sure to watch this stunning video in TV Reality or within this post.
Senate Democrats fight for global women’s health today by urging Bush to restore the long withheld funding for crucial family planning funds around the world.
Where the Philippine government refuses to provide family planning services, POPSHOPs fill in significant gaps.
The United States is the only country ever to withhold dues from UNFPA for political reasons, and Population Research Institute is to blame.
In her post yesterday, Andrea included a link to 34 Million Friends of UNFPA. Its founder, Jane Roberts, wrote a poem which was then set to music by Odetta. Check out this music video featuring beautiful women around the world and have a happy Friday.
Using misinformed arguments and political concerns, the House Appropriations committee rejected an amendment by a vote of 23-30 to direct funds already in the bill to UNFPA’s obstetric fistula prevention and treatment efforts, should the Administration not release the funds for other family planning and women’s empowerment efforts. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick offered this compromise amendment to allow US support to UNFPA for very specific and non-controversial programs, as a constructive response to the Administration blocking the funding for the past four years.
Opponents said that inclusion of this amendment would “make it difficult to pass” the Foreign Operations bill on the floor – so much for meeting the public health needs of some of the world’s poorest women. Others threw their standard complaint into the mix, stating that this (in an extremely circuitous way) somehow supports abortion.