Today The Guardian has published an article ahead of World Population Day. In the article they concentrate on money and a wide-reaching world-population vision while completely ignoring the true stories of poor countries with different laws and views. In countries as diverse as Uganda, Chile and Egypt abortion is in complete contravention to national laws, or religious and cultural norms.
Newspapers have completely ignored the good news from the UN Rio + 20 Conference, that some of these countries have banded together successfully to resist the ‘reproductive health’ ideology which was promoted there.
Organisations such as the Guttmacher Institute, International Planned Parenthood and our own Marie Stopes International are guilty of riding roughshod over other countries’ national laws to fulfil their own anti-life agendas. A prime example is in Bangladesh, where abortion is illegal. Marie Stopes contravenes the law in Bangladesh by using ‘menstrual regulation’, which is effectively a manual vacuum aspiration abortion. The only difference is that the woman does not have a pregnancy test first, so cannot be proved to be pregnant.
For an example of how South Sudan has experienced the underhand behaviour of MSI please click on link.
It is outrageous that The Guardian ignores such abuses of sovereignty. The countries on the receiving end are invariably poor and do not have the resources to counter the influences of powerful NGOs.