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  • United Nations Declares Contraception Access a "Human Right"

    In the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) recent State of World Population report, access to contraception is described as a “universal human right.” While the report has no legal force, it declares that cultural and financial barriers to accessing contraception are an infringement on women’s rights.

    While access to contraceptives may be a serious policy concern for groups like UNFPA, to label it a human right is to devalue the very principle of rights. Declaring it to be so is to cheapen the very serious need to defend true human rights—rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The principle of natural rights delineates those fundamental freedoms that government can neither create nor take away.

    Moreover, demanding products and services supplied by UNFPA as a “right” means someone has the responsibility to provide them. And how much will this “right” cost others? The fund is calling for an additional $8 billion per year.

    Ironically, the UNFPA’s report avoids considering actual human rights abuses in China, including incidents in which family-planning officials have dragged Chinese women into clinics and forced them to submit to abortions or sterilizations. In fact, for many years, the U.S. prohibited funding for UNFPA under the Kemp-Kasten amendment, which prevents U.S. international aid from supporting coercive abortion procedures or involuntary sterilization, because of UNFPA’s ties to the Chinese family planning machine. In 2009, however, Congress exempted UNFPA funding from the Kemp-Kasten language and has since sent tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to UNFPA each year.

    Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, which opposes China’s one-child birth policy, calls the UNFPA report’s title—“By Choice, Not By Chance”—ironic.

    “What about the 600 million women in China who are unable to ‘decide on the number and spacing of [their] children,’ not because they lack access to contraception but because they will be forcibly aborted if they get pregnant without a birth permit,” Littlejohn said.

    UNFPA’s irresponsible statement, coupled with the organization’s suggested ties to the Chinese family planning department, should make policymakers reconsider continuing to give U.S. taxpayer dollars to UNFPA.

    Elevating access to contraceptives to the level of a human right not only exhibits poor judgment, but ignores the real and serious conflicts such a promotion can create with real constitutional rights. As Americans have witnessed in Obamacare’s anti-conscience mandate, the idea that contraception access should be governmentally ensured has trampled on religious freedom. The mandate’s requirement that almost all employers provide and pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization—regardless of moral or religious objections—represents an unprecedented assault on religious liberty.

    Alexander Hamilton asserted, “The sacred rights of mankind…are written…in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by moral power.” UNFPA has no authority to devalue “human rights” by ever expanding them, and the international community would do well to ignore the organization’s self-serving opinions.

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    10 Responses to United Nations Declares Contraception Access a "Human Right"

    1. Bruce Hall says:

      Does anyone take the UN seriously… besides the "diplomats" sent to the UN?

    2. @ldls1866 says:

      so, let me see if I got this. In China they are dragging women out and forcing abortions. Exactly where is the RIGHTS of that woman or her child? Saying contraceptives are a RIGHT is like saying women have a right to prevent life. So how do we have both a right to life and right to prevent life?

    3. Erik Osbun says:

      You U.N. dummies do not understand that the person's right to contraception MUST INCLUDE that person's SOLE RIGHT TO PAY FOR IT.

    4. There is a difference between "access" and "use". Access needs to be protected to prevent political control. Use is a matter of choice. What is freedom if there are no choices?

    5. Jeanne Stotler says:

      Another attempt of the UN to upsurb our Constitution, In USA we have a Constitution which protects our right to practice our religion, no matter what denomination or faith we practice, 1st admendment, we also have the right to “bear arms” , 2nd amendment, another right the UN is attempting to over rule, time to kick the UN out of NY, and save the money we are givng them, they are becoming more Communistic every day.

    6. Timothy Brennan says:

      The bigger problem with this misuse of "Rights" ideas on contraceptive agendas from the UN is that they a weld a big money stick which they can use to force policy changes in many countries. Money power to hit blows to the head of Politicians, who as you know are less than Champions of Morality (in many cases) for what is really in the best interest of women and families.

    7. RennyG says:

      Open your eyes people. He has control over all aspects of our government and the ones he does not have control over he doesn't care about. What he does want is for the united nations to be working "with" him in order to become "KING!!!!" I would say he is 50% of the way. By the time he "finishes" his third term and wraps us up he will be ready for the "WORLD!!!" "KING OBAMA," how does that sound????

    8. Bobbie says:

      not sure why my first comment was a no show but cultural and financial barriers to accessing contraception are not infringing on women's rights. Contraception didn't always exist so to call "barriers to access" is personally opinionated. What specifically are they talking about when contraceptions are sold everywhere appropriate?

      Women have a right to take personal responsibility to find access to contraceptions the same as a dutiful man that takes the manly responsibility to protect her. To call it a financial barrier is suggesting sexual acts are not personally motivated within self control but a need or necessity to survive which is the mind set of these overpaid undereducated people. Sexual intercourse is the only natural way to survive humanity that contraceptions and abortions prevent. No sexual acts are needed for anyone to survive their own life.

      We declare the United Nations an insult to the intelligence of humanity using the brain level of 3rd graders to reason!!!

    9. allen says:

      Why the UN Head Quarters cannot be moved every Five years to other Countries, It would help the other Nations on Learning how to run and solve the WORLDS Problems It would also put other countries closer to their own people and let them understand the workings of the UN . Travel would be cut down and Carbon emissions would decrease in the reduction of Travel. Lets get this Idea going in the UN,

    10. TheGameCzar says:

      It will be interesting to see how this new manufactured "right" is not applied in predominantly Muslim countries.

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