- July 22 - The following is a statement of Gloria Feldt, president, Planned Parenthood
Federation of America:
President Bush's decision to de-fund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
is further evidence that his alleged support for women's rights is shallow and
insincere. This administration has consistently denied women access to life-saving
reproductive health services, like birth control, check ups and HIV education
International family planning assistance is the most crucial and cost-effective
health intervention for women and their families, and yet this administration
is willing to use it as a political toy.
We call on President Bush to honor the rights of women, value their lives and
support the live-saving programs sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund
The UNFPA program in China has been reviewed by 145 diplomats on 60 separate
occasions in the last three years. The United States has monitored the program
continually during the same time period, never once finding human rights violations.
In fact, the government has praised the program for improving the status of human
rights in the countries where it works.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the nation's largest and most
trusted voluntary reproductive health care organization. Planned Parenthood affiliates
serve nearly five million men, women and teenagers every year.