Caring For the World

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One of the scandals of the Bush administration was the withholding of funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This was a blatant demonstration of the apathy (or antipathy?) of Bush and his cronies for the plight of women and children throughout the world. Now the Obama administration has already corrected this “oversight” by providing approximately $50 million in funding to the UNFPA. This is more than financial support; it is a gesture of good will to the world. The message Bush sent was that the U.S. didn’t care what happened globally, even though what happens globally will ultimately affect the U.S. as well. Not to mention that poverty and family planning are also critical issues in American society.

Read “The Check’s in the Mail: US Resumes UNFPA Funding in Time for UN Meetings” on RH Reality Check.

Also on RH Reality Check, an update on U.S. participation in the UN meetings which end tomorrow.

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Ellen Keim

Ellen is a freelance writer, essayist and copy editor, living with three cats and a husband in Columbus, OH.

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  1. The Center for Reproductive Rights applauds the United State’s renewed leadership on women’s health. In addition to the $50 million committed to UNFPA, on March 31st, the United States made public that Congress has approved an additional $545 million in bilateral assistance for family planning programs, another positive step towards proving that the United States intends to follow through in their commitment to women’s healthcare programs.

    “Be assured that, even in these uncertain economic times, the U.S. will not retreat from this commitment” (Margaret J. Pollack, USUN).

    Promoting foreign policies that ensure access to essential reproductive health services not only improves the lives of women around the world, it acknowledges the country’s obligations to respect women’s reproductive rights.

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