Aggressive UN Pushing High-Risk Birth Control on African Women Who Don't Want It
A panel at the United Nations on Wednesday unveiled the horrible science and terrifying results of U.N. population policy. While well-intentioned, the UN's efforts to bring the Third World out of poverty are based on some very faulty assumptions, and they end up producing disastrous consequences for women abroad, particularly in Africa.
The type of contraceptive which the UN suggests for African women is very controversial. There is evidence that it increases their chances of contracting AIDS by 40 percent, doubles the likelihood they contract breast cancer, and likely causes significant bone deterioration.
The UN does some very funny things when interpreting data from foreign countries. It considers "deaths averted" nearly the same thing as "lives saved," claiming that if many babies are never born, then their lives are effectively saved. The global organization also monkeys with surveys of African women, taking the soft statement that they don't want to be pregnant right now as evidence that they have a demand for contraceptives.
The UN is "putting words in women's mouths," explained Rebecca Oas, associate director of research for the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM). She referenced the widely quoted statistic that "over 200 million women want access to contraception but are unable to get it," arguing that this statement twists the truth by defining terms badly.
Oas, who holds a doctorate in genetics and molecular biology from Emory University, applied her expertise in analyzing hard scientific data to explain why the UN's approach to social science is so wrong.
"A lot of advocacy relies on adequate data," she said. "One of my concerns is that, as much as we want this agenda to be inspirational and aspirational, the indicators have to not be aspirational." The numbers explaining the situation in the world have to accurately represent the good and the bad, in order for advocacy to do its work. "Advocacy cannot be integrated in the indicators," Oas explained. "We have to measure what actually is."
Bad Data on Contraception
When it comes to the actual facts, there aren't 200 million women who want contraception but do not have access to it. That number was based on household-level surveys of married women of reproductive age, who were asked one question: would they prefer to become pregnant in the next two years. "The researchers did not ask if she wants family planning," Oas pointed out.
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