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.
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.”