We reported last week on the upcoming Family Planning Summit to be held in London tomorrow, Wednesday July 11th, World Population Day see this link.
In the lead up to this summit there is a major international effort to push what is being termed as an "unmet need for family planning" backed by reports in the Financial Times and the Lancet.
The lancet report according to news sources makes the unbelievable statement that contraception saves 250,000 lives annually. According to the report, "Increasing contraceptive use in developing countries has cut the number of maternal deaths by 40% over the past 20 years".
It is well known that reduction in maternal mortality relates to the availability of basic healthcare, which should be provided to all women. Mothers in particular should be provided with essential prenatal care, skilled attendants at all deliveries and specialist care for life threatening complications for both mother and the child yet to be born. “
Predicating aid to developing countries on the basis of acceptance of family planning methods is not respectful of the human person does nothing to advance the health and wellbeing of women of today and of tomorrow. What is needed instead is a human-centered approach to caring for others, an approach that is fully respectful of the intrinsic dignity and worth of each and every person--from the very beginning of conception to natural death--an approach which sees the individual person not as a burden but as a contribution to the human family.
Executive Director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) John Smeaton points out in his BLOG that despite Melinda Gates assurances that abortion is not part of her agenda it is likely that there will be a new and sustained attempt to create a so called "human right to abortion. John's BLOG includes this video on the real reasons for maternal deaths, whilst Anthony Ozimic points out that Food not Contraception saves lives.