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“Women Deliver” Fails to Deliver for Women’s Basic Needs
Posted By Grace Melton On June 27, 2013 @ 5:30 pm In Culture | Comments Disabled
Women Deliver  hosted its third annual conference last month as part of its effort to achieve the targets set forth in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, and as in previous years , the speakers and events focused primarily on contraception and abortion.
Among the “development” community, any matter pertaining to women is quickly co-opted by population control and abortion advocates, and MDG 5 has been the rallying point for misguided policies  that too often fail to meet the real needs of women in developing countries; this conference was no different .
Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), declared that “family planning is an essential human right ,” and Melinda Gates blogged from the conference , “I’ve heard from so many [women and girls] about one particular issue—how contraceptives have changed their lives.”
Mrs. Gates has a long history of involvement with family planning and abortion advocates , and at last summer’s London Summit on Family Planning , the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation set the “FP2020” goal of delivering contraceptives to 120 million women in the developing world by 2020. Subsequently, UNFPA and the International Planned Parenthood Federation  announced a new partnership  to further the attainment of that goal.
Controversy over abortion on the agenda preceded the conference once word got out that late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart  and utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer  (infamous for his advocacy of unrestricted abortion and his defense of infanticide) would be among the speakers , and it continued throughout the three-day event.
For example, in multiple sessions concerning the use of the drug misoprostol —which has been marketed as a possible treatment for post-partum hemorrhage as well as for inducing abortion—its advocates debated its efficacy and discussed tactics for its promotion  in the developing world.
Meanwhile, although one might expect that an event titled “Women Deliver” would be more directly concerned with childbirth—after all, women deliver babies, and a discussion on maternal health presupposes pregnancy and childbirth—the conference largely relegated topics such as prenatal health and postpartum care  to the sidelines .
Looking ahead, the Women Deliver attendees and their UNFPA allies are concerned with shaping the development agenda  after the MDGs expire in 2015 and making sure that “sexual and reproductive health and rights” are embedded in whatever goals and programs  succeed the MDGs. Women and girls in the developing world who are seeking genuine solutions to improve their lives—be it access to clean water, basic medical care, the rule of law, or protection of their natural human rights—best look elsewhere.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/Woman130627.jpg
 Women Deliver: http://www.womendeliver.org/
 previous years: http://blog.heritage.org/2010/06/14/failing-to-deliver-on-maternal-health/
 misguided policies: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/06/in-bed-with-radical-feminists-the-uns-misguided-womens-agenda
 no different: http://c-fam.org/en/issues/global-health/2079-2077-women-deliver-conference-rich-women-vs-poor
 family planning is an essential human right: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/14174
 blogged from the conference: http://www.impatientoptimists.org/Posts/2013/05/What-Fuels-My-Impatient-Optimism-The-Courage-of-Women-and-Girls
 family planning and abortion advocates: http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/01/melinda-gates-summit-will-help-abortion-population-control-groups/
 London Summit on Family Planning: http://www.londonfamilyplanningsummit.co.uk/summit.php
 International Planned Parenthood Federation: http://ippf.org/our-work/what-we-do/advocacy
 announced a new partnership: http://www.womendeliver.org/assets/IPPF_UNFPA_PARTNERSHIP_Press_Release_final.pdf
 LeRoy Carhart: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/15428-inhuman-abortionist-leroy-carhart-yet-another-gosnell-exposed
 Peter Singer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Singer#Applied_ethics
 among the speakers: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/349706/women-deliver-wont-deliver-women-ian-tuttle
 drug misoprostol: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/misoprostol
 debated its efficacy and discussed tactics for its promotion: http://c-fam.org/en/issues/global-health/2080-abortion-drug-debated-at-women-deliver-conference
 prenatal health and postpartum care: http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/FB-maternal-newborn-care.html
 the sidelines: http://www.turtlebayandbeyond.org/2013/family/women-deliver-if-its-not-sexy-its-not-a-right/
 shaping the development agenda: http://www.unfpa.org/public/cache/offonce/home/news/pid/14233;jsessionid=5D7D9CFEBC6C2588F69DC1AAFD6C5BE2.jahia01
 embedded in whatever goals and programs: http://www.turtlebayandbeyond.org/2013/abortion/women-deliver-the-next-push-to-get-abortion-into-development-goals/
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