NEW YORK (CWN) - The UN's chief agency for population control on Tuesday announced a new ad campaign, counteracting slackening support among Western nations.

      The Fund announced that American TV actress Linda Gray will be the spokesman in the "Face to Face" campaign. Nafis Sadik, executive director of UNFPA, said criticism, including opposition in the US Congress to the agency's pro-contraception and pro-abortion policies, was unwarranted because their goal is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. "We have to know why abortions occur," she said. "Abortion should not be used as a method of family planning but unsafe abortion cases must be counseled and there must be research into why it is taking place."

      However, she added that UNFPA was studying making so-called "emergency contraception" available to women in developing countries. Emergency contraception is actually a type of abortion which prevents the developing fetus from thriving in his mother's womb if taken in the first 72 hours after conception.

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January 22, 1998 volume 9, no. 16          DAILY CATHOLIC