By Wendy Wright
The winner selected for the United Nations Population Award shows how much UNFPA appreciates the crass manipulation of international law to push abortion onto countries. Adrienne Germain is a long-time abortion activist distinguished by her unabashed efforts to insert the Trojan horse of “reproductive” language in international population policies as a way to fool and pressure countries into relinquishing protective laws against abortion.
I wrote about Adrienne in “Rigging the System: Unraveling the Scheme to Steer Funding and Power to Abortion Groups Through the United Nations.” (A brief version appeared in the Washington Times titled “United Nations’ Abortion Fine Print.”)
From the press release announcing the United Population Award:
Ms. Germain, the first scholar to develop the concept of “reproductive health” in 1987, has a distinguished history as a prolific writer in the area of family planning, and is recognized as one of the pioneers linking fertility and population policies with the Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994, and in the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.
Ms. Germain served as an advisor to numerous international population programmes, and helped prepare the “Reproductive Health Strategy” by the World Health Organization. Her working career included leadership positions at the Population Council, the Ford Foundation, and the International Women’s Health Coalition, where she served as President from 1998 until her retirement in 2011.
The UN General Assembly established the award in 1981. A committee run by UNFPA chooses the recipients. The 2012 Population Awards will be presented at UN Headquarters in New York in June.
Editor’s note. No UN negotiated Conference or Treaty document defines the terms “reproductive health,” “reproductive rights.” or any of their progeny to include a right to abortion. “Assertions by international agencies or non-governmental actors that abortion is a human right are false and should be rejected. …There is no international legal obligation to provide access to abortion based on any ground … “ (San Jose Articles, San Jose Costa Rica, March 25, 2011)
This first appeared at www.turtlebayandbeyond.org/2012/turtle-bay-un/and-the-unfpa-award-goes-to and is reprinted with permission.