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There are a lot of reasons to regard the United Nations with a certain amount of disdain and distrust. The UN has
found a million ways to meddle in the affairs of sovereign
nations without actually having to be accountable to anybody,
and most of the world knows frighteningly little about its
agenda. This quasi-governmental organization seems to be a
hodge-podge of several different leftist ideologies pieced
together to form one all-inclusive (if incoherent) entity. While
the ultimate mission of the UN has remained somewhat nebulous
during its 55-year existence, at least one major organizational
goal has been openly vaunted for years -- the worldwide
elimination of poverty.
The eradication of poverty throughout the world sounds like a
noble cause, albeit something of a pipe dream. Poverty has
always been with us and likely will remain long into the future.
To think that an ambitious group of bureaucrats will be able to
stamp out a phenomenon that has been around since time
immemorial is ludicrous. However, when the UN said it wanted to
get rid of poverty, it failed to reveal that it planned to do so
by simply eliminating poor people.
In recent years, the UN has stepped up its attack on the
world’s most impoverished nations. The latest outrage has been
the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s July 27th
demand that the small Latin American nation of Guatemala change
its Constitution and laws to legalize and facilitate the
atrocity of abortion.
The Guatemalan Constitution’s Article 3 reads, "Right
to life. The State guarantees and protects human life from the
time of conception, as well as the integrity and security of the
person." In simple and unambiguous terms, the Guatemalan
government has succeeded where our Founding Fathers failed: They
have guaranteed the right to life for every citizen, no matter
what their age.
Guatemalan law prohibits abortion except in cases where
pregnancy would be fatal to the mother (such as an ectopic
pregnancy). The UN wants to force Guatemala to change this
morally justified law. The UN Human Rights Commission demands
that Guatemala "guarantee the right to the life of pregnant
women who decide to interrupt their pregnancies" and
provide "the information and the means necessary to
guarantee these rights." It also said Guatemala must ‘protect
women’ by "amending the law to establish exceptions to
the general prohibition against all abortion, except where the
mother is in danger of death."
According to the UN Human Rights Commission, the best way to
protect poor women in Guatemala is by making a dangerous medical
procedure more widely available in a nation with very few
medical resources. Could it be that the UN simply wants fewer
brown babies to be born, even if a few women have to die in
inferior hospitals during unnecessary procedures to achieve that
Population control is a major talking point for the UN, but
it seems that the only populations that need controlling are
poor, dark-skinned, and religious. It sounds crazy until you
look at the facts -- every country on the UN’s ‘target list’
for population control fits these criteria. In fact, the UN
Population Fund’s (UNFPA’s) own "Agenda 21"
"...[T]he eradication of poverty has
long been on the international agenda. The task, however, is
not made easier by the fact that population growth is
fastest among the poorest and in the poorest countries....
UNFPA already supports a variety of projects and
programmes with a direct bearing on poverty. These include
maternal and child health and family planing [sic]
programmes, which are typically targeted at rural
inhabitants, the urban poor, women and youth because these
groups are disproportionately affected by poverty."
By the UN’s own admission, it is targeting these poorest
nations for the reduction of their populations. Guatemala is not
the only poor country being encouraged to restrict population
growth via abortion and surgical sterilization. In August of
2000, the UN focused its anti-population efforts on the African
nation of Nigeria.
When then-president Bill Clinton offered $64 million in
foreign aid to Nigeria last summer (ostensibly to fight deadly
diseases), he required that $35 million (more than half the sum)
be used for ‘reproductive health,’ to include more access to
abortion and contraceptives. Nigerians, unaware that pregnancy
was considered a ‘deadly disease,’ took issue.
Ugochukwu, President of United Families of Africa, said
in an interview that Nigerians consider children to be a great
blessing. She said "Today, [Westerners] now come in with
condoms -- condoms are everywhere! They spend so much money on
condoms and they make our children promiscuous. They say it will
stop AIDS -- but it is getting worse! It makes no sense to me. I
believe that all that is to exterminate the whole race. Yes!
Yes! To extinguish us! ... And that is why they are spending so
much money on birth control!"
She is not alone in her anger. In 1999, a Kosovar refugee
camp doctor expressed similar frustration at the single-minded
focus of UN ‘medical aid.’ After the UNFPA announced an
aggressive program to supply enough ‘reproductive health kits’
(which included condoms, oral contraceptives, IUD’s, and
vacuum aspirators for abortions) for 350,000 Kosovar refugees,
Doctor Gezim Bashka of Kukes Hospital in northern Albania told
the Italian press that she was short on antibiotics, sheets, and
serum, but had received an abundance of ‘reproductive health
supplies.’ She said, "I don’t want to seem ungrateful,
but...much superfluous material has arrived. Today a shipment
of birth control. Explain to them that we need other
The transparency of the UN’s mission to extinguish not
poverty, but poor people is made worse only by the fact that the
majority of comparatively wealthy Westerners don’t seem to be
aware or interested. For the most part comfortable Americans
and Europeans sit back and idly watch as the UN carries out an
aggressive campaign to rid the world of all its indigent people.
While the people of countries like Nigeria and Guatemala may
be financially destitute, they have untold riches found in the
blessings of their culture and their appreciation for what truly
matters in life. While richer nations compete for money, power
and prestige, a few of Earth’s simplest humans have the rare
joy that comes with appreciating what you already have. In these
‘overpopulated’ nations, children are valued as most of the
world values gold. By their own standards, these crowded corners
of the world are wealthier than American and the European Union
put together. Let’s stop trying to take away their riches.
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