UNFPA to American Voters: Thanks!

Posted on | November 15, 2012 by Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. |

If you thought UNFPA was thrilled that the American taxpayer would continue to fund their already swollen coffers after last week’s presidential election–you were right.

I just received a copy of a letter UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin fired off to US UN ambassador Susan Rice last Sunday expressing his relief that Barak Obama would stay in office and help promote their sexual agenda:

We were grateful to learn that we will have continued support and vision under his leadership in ensuring that all women have access to quality and voluntary family planning and reproductive health care, an unalienable right and an imperative for the fulfillment of the potential of half the population of the world, both as citizens and as human beings. The health and rights of women and young people have proven to be pivotal and winning issues in Tuesday’s historic elections.

The reference to an “unalienable” right to condoms seems to be an attempt to tie the letter and  UN soft law on the matter of sex to the  US Declaration of Independence and US Constitution’s foundation in the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A reminder that the US Constitution is poorly understood, and not often read apparently. Nor is an attempt to compare the squishy world of UN documents on the matter of economic, social, and cultural rights and the Constitution’s exposition of civil and political rights easily, if ever, done.

And yet, the letter and the director of the population control behemoth are on to something. The US election showed that people really do vote on sex (and drugs), and not just on jobs,  a proper understanding of the law, or on the common good. All the more reason that clear heads and straight talk about the life and family issues deserved a more prominent place in the debates.

As for the UNFPA director’s claim that contraception is an unalienable right–a claim prominent in the agency’s just-released and deeply flawed annual report. Well, it just isn’t so. But if no one challenges it, it might as well be.



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