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