Thursday, October 9, 2008
Pro Life - Can Mean Death for Women
One of the most brilliant and provocative writers of our time is Nicholas D. Kristof, who has made it his life's work to expose the horrors against women in third world countries around the world.
In his Op-Ed, "Can This Be Pro-Life" he shines a spotlight on the Republican Right (which includes President Bush, Senator McCain, Governor Palin and their supporters) and how pro-life policies have a devastating effect on women around the world.
The opposition to condoms and birth control have had a terrible effect on women in Africa and Asia as they contract AIDS and fall further into poverty with unwanted pregnancies. Since 2002, President Bush - backed by Senator McCain- has stopped funding the UN Population Fund
which works in 140 developing countries and has international support.
Now, the U.S. Agency for International Development has ordered six African countries to ensure that no U.S. financed condoms, birth control pills, IUDs or other contraceptives are furnished to a British Based aide group that operates clinics in poor countries. These clinics are often the only health care provided in rural areas where women walk for miles to receive care. The result will be at least 157,000 additional unwanted pregnancies per year, leading to 62,000 additional abortions and 660 women dying in childbirth.
These "pro-life" policies have dire effects on women and in countries where childbirth is the most common cause of death in young women, "pro-life" translates into "pro-death".
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