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October 01, 2007

Family planning funds

Bravo for your Sept. 26 editorial lambasting the Bush administration for not releasing funds to the U.N. Population Fund (“Playing politics with family planning”). The poorest, most vulnerable women in the world are paying the price.

One hundred eighty countries contributed to Population Fund last year, but not the United States of America. For shame.

When Bush first did this in 2002, Lois Abraham and I were so angry that we started asking 34 million of our fellow citizens to take a stand with $1. The group called 34 Million Friends (www.34millionfriends.org) has raised a healthy $3.6 million, much of which has gone for family planning, commodities and training of health-care workers and midwives.

We are sending a nice message to the world from the American people.

Jane Roberts
Redlands, Calif.

Editor’s note: The 34 Million Friends Web site describes it as a “a grass-roots movement that was independently initiated in July 2002 by two American women, Lois Abraham of New Mexico and Jane Roberts of California. Although they had never met, Lois and Jane were both outraged by the United States withdrawal of $34 million approved for UNFPA and they decided to take action.”

Comments

GCYL

“The mantra of a spoiled generation.” - irishguy

And despised by socialist everywhere. Of course everyone should pay. All the time and for everything. No mattery why.

Take your desperate need for my money and your self righteous moral inquisition to the sunny side of pompous.

irishguy

"Why should it cost me . . ."

The mantra of a spoiled generation.

GCYL

“There seems to be a problem with over population and something called HIV on the planet. If we don't find a way to control both, global warming ain't gonna matter much.” - jack

Frankly I’ll see global warming way before my money solves your problems with HIV and over population via birth control hand outs. You’re chasing after symptoms not changing people. No thanks, I’ll keep my money for the time being.

jack

There seems to be a problem with over population and something called HIV on the planet. If we don't find a way to control both, global warming ain't gonna matter much.

GCYL

Why should it cost me when someone points a finger and says those guys over there are sexually active?

jack

It doesn't cost anything to point fingers and say they shouldn't be sexually active.

zenozac

I guess they don't have as many friends as they thought.

 
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