The London Family Planning Summit expects governments to provide permanent funding for contraception programs. Where will the money come from? Developed countries will likely siphon scarce funding from other programs to comply.
Current family planning funding in the developing world is $4 billion.1
The Gates Foundation is a large stakeholder in population control programs. In 2009, it spent $437.2 million on population funding, including family planning and contraceptives.2
USAID is budgeted to cut maternal and child health funding by $28 million from 2012 to 2013, including reductions to nutrition pro- grams while budget requests for family planning have increased.3
The London Family Planning Summit creates preferential treatment for contraception groups, above programs providing basic healthcare, education, infrastructure, economic programs – measures that lift women and communities out of poverty. In fact, this is already a problem:
The U.S. spent $72.2 million inter- nationally on contraceptive and condom supplies in 2010. By contrast, USAID spent $75 million on its entire global nutrition budget during the same time period.4
The U.S. government shipped abroad 744,366,780 total contraceptives in 2010.5
The USAID Family Planning & Re- productive Services 2012 budget is set at $524 million. This is more than the budgets for tuberculosis, public health threats, pandemic influenza, vulnerable children, and nutrition combined.6
Family planning is the wrong way to address maternal health concerns. The London Family Planning Summit assumes that pregnancy is the problem to be eliminated rather than addressing medical care for pregnant mothers. Setting timetables and goals to bolster contraception usage in the name of maternal health only leads to coercive family planning programs. For instance:
WHO reports that 89% of partnered women between ages 15 and 49 already have access to and are using an “effective method” of contraception.7
UNFPA supports population control through vasectomies and tubal ligations to reduce maternal mortality by 75%, inspiring forced sterilization campaigns in Uzbekistan and China.8
U.K. Department for International Development gave $268 million in 2005 to Reproductive and Child Health Phase II program in India. That program is accused of forced sterilization campaigns against the poor and lower castes.9
Pregnant women in developing countries need basic medical care. Contraception programs do not provide any support for pregnant mothers or newborns.
Monitoring of these contraception programs will be assigned to groups like the Summit’s partners, with a history of population control, promoting abortion and abuses. For example, Planned Parenthood faces charges of fraud, sex–selection abortions, assisting suspected child sex traffickers, and violating statutory rape laws.
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- http://deliver.jsi.com; http://foreignassistance.gov/Initiative_GH_2012 aspx?FY=2012#ObjAnchor
- http://www.unfpa.org/emergencies/manual/6.htm; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17612550;
- http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/u.s.-u.k.-foreign-aid-tied-to-indias-forced-sterilization-campaign/; http://www.hrln.org/hrln/reproductive-rights/pils-a-cases/884-supreme-court-issues-notices- in-public-interest-litigation-regarding-unsafe-and-unethical-sterilizations.html; http://online.wsj. com/article/SB10001424052702304050304577377811263434578.html
My family has an amusing though indefensible love for a wide range of old (and frequently bad) monster, science fiction and disaster movies. We own everything from Reptilicus to The Time Machine, (not to mention every Alien sequel and spin-off ever made). As a Christmas gift my mother received a set including many of her favorites, one of which is Soylent Green. Soylent Green is a drama set in what I suppose to the 1973 movie-going crowds was the far-off future: the United States of America in 2022.
According to this narrative, I’ll be thirty when Earth’s resources are exhausted and the world becomes wildly overpopulated. Our protagonist, detective Robert Thorn (Charlton Heston), lives in New York City along with 40 million other people, the vast majority of whom live in extreme poverty and survive on the meager food rations produced by the Soylent Company.
The drama unfolds as Thorn investigates the death of a Company official. As he digs deeper, the detective stumbles upon the horrifying secret of Soylent Company’s newest addition to its line of tasteless-color-coded-wafers. He finds the real source of soylent green.
Before I spoil the movie for you (which I will), let’s run through my experience seeing the movie for the first time. My brothers Peter and Rob are new to the film too. Within the first ten minutes or so or the movie, starving citizens attack food ration distributors, bringing riot police to use the menacing “scoopers” to push back the crowd.
Now, keep in mind the city is so packed with people they can’t all lie down to sleep at once. As we watch infuriated rebels being shoveled into dump trucks, I turn to my mother and ask what the police are going to do with them. A sidelong glance from Peter quiets me. It’s a silly question, we both know those characters won’t be coming up later in the film. At the story’s climax, Sol (Thorn’s father) through his death leads us into the heart of Soylent Company’s factory. Here we learn the secret that has been held in suspense:
SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!
While the credits roll, my mother looks expectantly to my brothers and I, interested in our reactions. But our expressions revealed only confusion: “you mean that was the big mystery? They’re using the poor, dead and dissident to make more soylent products? I knew that the whole time!”
To be fair, it’s worth entertaining the possibility that my brothers and I are simply the poster-children for a generation of cynical youth, ready to imagine the worst at the slightest cause. I believe, however, that my experience demonstrates something more generally applicable. Many of us are offended by the accusation that we are affected by media and the prevailing culture. We feel secure in the fact that, as rational beings, we make up our own minds. In this way, avoiding certain influences and rooting others out of our mind makes us feel like we are committing the taboos of narrow-mindedness and insularity. But my own experience hints otherwise. Not only were we accustomed to the ecological apocalypse motif, but we assumed nearly from the beginning of the film that poverty, euthanasia, other types of moral decay, and even cannibalism would descend under the conditions of Thorn’s world.
As someone deeply suspicious of deep green politics and the push towards “family planning” and “population control” often seen coupled with it, I fear I have much to think about when it comes to what I’m being indoctrinated in as a result of the surrounding culture. In retrospect, on of my first thoughts should have been to look at 2012 and see how different I believe the world of 2022 will be, how impossible Soylent Green’s reasons for desperation are. Such thoughts would have reflected better on my state of mind than the assumption that a futuristic society under pressure would feed the poor to the hungry.
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“The UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with the support of UNFPA and other partners, is to host the International Family Planning Summit in London on 11 July.” Dismayed at losing Rio+20, the abortion providers of the world are banding together to strategize on the provision of family planning services to a bunch of poor women. Melinda Gates, world-famous billionaire, is sponsoring this effort to reduce the population of poor people (and thus reduce our ‘ecological footprint’-see my previous article on the New Environmentalism) by limiting the ability of their women to produce more children. This must stop! To stop this modern-day eugenics, click the button below to sign the petition to Melinda Gates to protect women and children around the globe, and to allow our future generations to thrive on this planet we hold so dear!