Latest attack on reproductive health services threatens programs to reduce unintended pregnancies and prevent child marriages
(PRESS RELEASE) This week the U.S. State Department announced its decision to eliminate vital support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the largest multilateral provider of family planning and reproductive health services working in over 150 countries.
En un carta to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, the State Department said it plans to eliminate support for UNFPA based on a theory of guilt-by-association because UNFPA’s program in China works with the nation’s family-planning body. The State Department cut the funding despite finding “no evidence” that UNFPA had itself engaged in any wrongdoing. The UNFPA has consistently worked in China to promote human rights by demonstrating the importance of allowing individuals and couples to make their own family-planning decisions free from coercion.
UNFPA is the leading United Nations agency promoting access to voluntary forms of family planning – services that are essential to enabling women and girls to determine the number and spacing of their children and combating violence against women and preventing child marriage.
Dijo Nancy Northup, presidenta y directora general del Centro de Derechos Reproductivos:
“Without the United Nations Population Fund, millions of women and girls across the globe—far too many living in poverty or crisis areas—could be left with nowhere to turn for the information or services they need to make informed reproductive health choices.
“Since taking office, the Trump Administration has taken every opportunity to attack women’s reproductive health and rights in the U.S. and around the world.
“Now more than ever the international human rights community must work to ensure that the health and lives of the world’s most vulnerable women and girls are protected.”
The United States government was involved in the creation of UNFPA in 1969. In 2016 alone, U.S. support allowed UNFPA para proporcionar anticonceptivos a 800.000 personas en todo el mundo y evitar casi 100.000 abortos inseguros. Sin el apoyo de Estados Unidos, los programas del UNFPA que protegen la salud y la vida de mujeres, niñas y jóvenes en más de 155 países se verán inevitablemente reducidos.