DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     September 13, 1999     vol. 10, no. 173

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UNFPA's Reproductive Health Campaign Called "White Plague"

        PRISTINA, KOSOVO, SEP 10 (ZENIT).- In the weeks following the war in Kosovo, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic has been encouraging the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to distribute contraceptives in the stricken region. According to reports of the Population Research Institute (PRI), this is nothing more than a "stealth" extension of his ethnic cleansing policies.

        PRI Associate Researcher Josipa Gasparic visited Kosovo to gather information on the effects of the UNFPA's programs. She reports that Kosovar women have rallied against what they are calling the "White Plague" of the U.N. Population Fund's "reproductive health" campaign designed to reduce their offspring at the request of the indicted war criminal.

        The epicenter of UNFPA's campaign is located in Kosovo's capital of Pristina, where a "routine program" is underway, including a marketing strategy entitled "How to Change the Mentality of Kosovar Women," designed to undercut the pro-family traditions of the Kosovars. From its office in Pristina, UNFPA is also promoting the services of international abortion provider Marie Stopes.

        The PRI study asserts that UNFPA officials have confirmed that it was requested by the Milosevic government to campaign in Kosovo, first with an initial assessment which was followed by a routine program. UNFPA has also confirmed that the Milosevic invitation was given in December 1998, when Serbian forces were actively "cleansing" the ethnic Albanian population. Also suspected is that Milosevic invited UNFPA to operate only in Kosovo.

        Gasparic reports, "As I traveled throughout Kosovo, I saw and was told by the Kosovars that Milosevic's ethnic cleansing, along with the refugee crisis, have cut populations in many regions to as little as 10 percent of their original size. From my conversations it remains clear that the strength of Kosovo still remains in her people. The latest available statistics reveals a robust Kosovar fertility rate of over 5 [children per family], while the Serbs experience an anemic 1.4 (1998 UN Population Division, extrapolation)."

        Serbian hatred towards the Kosovar population is not hidden. The PRI document points out that a 1998 official Serbian demographics report reveals the intent to reduce the number of Kosovar children, at any expense. Milosevic's Minister for Family Concerns, Rada Trajkovic, described Kosovar women as "baby machines" and declared that "The state must find a way... to limit or forbid the enormous birthrate in Kosovo."

        On August 26, Gasparic spoke with the director of UNFPA's Pristina office, Olivier Brasseur. She pressed Brasseur on UNFPA's marketing of abortion-inducing "morning after" pills as a routine form of birth control for refugees. Contrary to informed medical opinion, Brasseur contended that this chemical "only prevents women from ovulating."

        According to Gasparic, "Brasseur showed complete ignorance with respect to the use of the manual vacuum aspirator (MVA) that UNFPA delivered to the region, which he claimed was intended 'for safe delivery' procedures. The MVA cannot be used in a normal delivery at all, but only in the case of miscarriage, spontaneous or induced." PRI was also able to confirm that local midwives in the region are being trained to perform abortions with MVAs.

        Brasseur told Gasparic, "Let me tell you what is in the reproductive health kit. Things for helping safe childbirth, but if somebody is using it for abortion, we cannot do anything about it!"

        UNFPA's leader in Pristina also told Gasparic that she would be "personally responsible for the deaths of Kosovar women" who would refuse UNFPA's "help" if her story made it to America.

        The Director of Gynecology at the Pristina Hospital, Dr. Sejdula Hoxha, denied Brasseur's claims of UNFPA's focus on maternal health, stating that UNFPA is less concerned with safe delivery than it is with reducing birth. UNFPA's services "are administered in their way," Hoxha said. "So you either take UNFPA's whole package, with the contraceptives, or you leave it." ZE99091020

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September 13, 1999       volume 10, no. 173


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