DAILY CATHOLIC THURSDAY September 23, 1999 vol. 10, no. 181
NEWS & VIEWS
NEW CONGRESSIONAL BILL WOULD FUND CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS AS UN COMPLAINS POPULATION CONTROL FUNDS DOWN
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - Two of Pennsylvania's Republican congressmen introduced a new bill on Tuesday that would provide federal funds to pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, but not pro-abortion groups.
Rep. Joseph Pitts and Sen. Rick Santorum proposed the law as an alternative to federal funds that are currently set aside for pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood, the United States' largest abortion provider. The Women and Children's Resource Act would give $85 million to maternity homes, adoption services, crisis pregnancy centers, but the funds would not be available to family planning agencies or other groups that refer to abortionists, provide abortion counseling, or perform abortions.
The money could be used for pregnancy testing, adoption information, prenatal and postpartum care, diapers, baby food and clothes, abstinence counseling, and referrals for other services, including housing, education, and job training. The funds would be allocated to states based on the number of abortions and out-of-wedlock births.
The National Abortion Federation immediately attacked the bill, saying it "poses a significant public health danger because it would support organizations that withhold information about safe, legal options to unintended pregnancy."
Meanwhile, the United Nations' Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Wednesday that as world population hits six billion spending on population control programs has fallen.
UNFPA Director Nafis Sadik said funding was billions of dollars short of goals because of limited resources in developing nations and the failure by developed nations to provide funds promised at the 1994 Cairo population conference. "That has been a huge problem .... International resources are at half the level that were expected," Sadik said. According to UN projections, world population is due to hit six billion next month and reach 8.9 billion by 2050, although some pro-life groups dispute those figures.
Sadik said wealthy nations had promised to give $5.7 billion for UN population control programs, that include birth control, sterilization, and abortion, but only about $2 billion had been received. In the United States, much funding for the UN has been blocked by pro-life congressmen who object to the UN's pro-abortion, anti-population policies.
The UNFPA report warned that decreased funding will result
in more "unwanted pregnancies," abortions, maternal and
child deaths, and a faster spread of AIDS. Sadik added that
it is in wealthy countries' best interests to fund
population control because it would help the environment,
cut the flow of immigrants, and help the global economy.
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