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Conference Pushes Abortion Instead of Health Care to Third World Women

An international conference of the world's largest abortion and contraception providers have converged on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to discuss the "empowerment of girls and women" by means of contraception and abortion rather than through the health care services they really need.

woman poor AfricanThe Population Research Institute (PRI) is reporting that more than 4,000 delegates from 145 countries attended the launch of the third "Women Deliver" conference.  Featured speakers over the three-day event include Melinda Gates, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Dr. Babatunde Osotemehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, former U.S Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (by video) and her daughter Chelsea Clinton.  Notorious late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart and controversial bioethics professor Peter Singer are also attending.

"Also present in force are pharmaceutical reps including from giants like Merck, Pfizer and Bayer. The Gates hold stock in these companies, which all have a great stake in a growing global contraceptive drug and device market which, according the Financial Times last year, is expected to soar to $17 billion by 2015," the PRI reports.

One of the drugs being pushed upon women in the third world is misoprostol, an abortion inducing drug better known as RU-486 that is being billed as a means of fighting the world's leading killer of women - postpartum hemorrhage.

"The World Health Organization added misoprostol to its 'essential medicines' list last fall, but conceded it is not the drug of choice for postpartum bleeding. Oxytocin is," the PRI reports. "Much of the interest in it seems to stem from its other capacity for inducing abortion, and thus as a strategy to import abortion in countries where it is illegal."

Although promoters of misoprostol like to say it saves lives, they were forced to admit at the conference that they don't really know if it actually does.

The conference is also pushing the idea of "dual protection contraception" or "multipurpose prevention technologies" which combine vaccines with contraceptives that delegates claimed can provide women with "a suite of contraceptive produces to serve women throughout their lives."

Acquiring more government assistance for the distribution of abortion and contraception throughout the third world was another topic discussed by Melinda Gates and other speakers who were repeating the mantra "Today, 200 million women don't have the contraceptives they want" often during the conference.

"But just supplying unmet demand is clearly not the only objective of the organizations at this global conference," the PRI observes. "It is about controlling social behavior and 'creating a market' for drugs and abortion where there is none, as one pertinent question at a press conference today revealed."

The reporter from a Cameroon radio and TV station said her country “received a huge consignment of contraceptives in 2011 from UNFPA  but only two percent of the women actually used them because the women didn't want them. The reporter asked UNFPA director Osotimehin,  “How do you bridge that gap?”

“Government at every level  must participate actively in trying to drive this,” he replied, “and we at UNFPA will continue to do our best to ensure that not only do we provide it, we also encourage governments communities, civil society organizations, churches and mosques to continue to drive this.”

As Wendy Wright, of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM)  observed, the whole purpose of the conference seemed to be to tell the nurses and clean-water advocates who attended that their concerns were secondary to increasing womens' access to abortion and contraception.

"Attendees complained this year's conference offered no program to address maternal mortality except to enhance midwives to be trained to provide abortion," Wright reports.

Ignored are major issues such as providing clean water, improving menstrual hygiene and maternal and infant mortality rates, as well as ways to decrease the number of lives lost from a host of diseases from malaria to diarrhea.

"Each year, 4 million people - mostly women and children - die from exposure to smoke from traditional cook stoves," Wright says. "Non-communicable diseases like diarrhea claim 1.4 million lives. Half of these are children. These received scant attention at Women Deliver."

She watched as a Kenyan doctor who was seeking help to distribute a documentary about how many women die in childbirth due to cultural taboos and superstitions. Not a single conference convener was present during his presentation.

As the PRI concludes, even though this conference is being billed as "the largest global event of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women" it's obvious aim is "designed to reduce populations of developing nations by promoting a Western-style sexual revolution via chemical contraceptives, access to abortion-on-demand including, the promotion of the chemical abortifacient misoprostol in countries where abortion is illegal, and sex education for youth."

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