Autor: ---- Fuente: C-FAM (Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute)

With a draft outcome document having been presented to countries this Monday, negotiations over the Millennium+5 Summit are intensifying. It is at this time that the Council of the European Union has released a document strongly supporting the integration of veiled references to legalized abortion in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and vowing to promote this agenda at September's Summit.

On May 24, 2005 the EU released its "Council conclusions: Accelerating progress towards achieving the millenium development goals." The document outlines EU's "positions and specific commitments" regarding the Summit's outcome. The Summit will review progress on the goals articulated by the UN in the Millennium Declaration in 2000, where countries vowed to vastly reduce poverty and increase development, and to further basic human rights such as education, security and health of people worldwide.

The report states that "The EU further recognizes that the MDGs cannot be attained without progress in achieving the Cairo goal of universal sexual and reproductive health and rights…the EU will therefore work to ensure that this linkage is properly reflected in the outcome of the September 2005 High-Level event. In this context, the EU strongly supports that a subsequent technical process examines how best to incorporate related targets and monitoring indicators under MDG 5." The terms "sexual and reproductive" health and rights are frequently misused by UN agencies and pro-abortion groups to pressure countries towards legalized abortion. Moreover, despite the EU statement, the phrase "sexual rights" has never been approved by a UN body. In fact, it has been repeatedly rejected as vague and potentially dangerous.

The fifth MDG aims to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015. Although UNFPA recently admitted in its "2004 Maternal Mortality Update" that maternal mortality is reduced most effectively by providing skilled birth attendants rather than promoting contraception and abortion, pressure to include "sexual and reproductive rights" under this goal has been intensifying.

Earlier this year, the UN Secretary-General's independent advisory commission stated in its report on MDG 5 that "Universal access to reproductive health services should be added as a target to MDG 5." In another report the commission also stated that "At a minimum, national public health systems must provide quality family planning, safe abortion, and emergency obstetric services."

Steven Sindling, the director-general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), a leading worldwide abortion provider, also told a conference of policy leaders today that "sexual and reproductive" health must be integrated into the MDGs. At a conference being hosted by the Scottish Parliament in preparation for the G8 summit, Sindling linked the provision of sexual and reproductive services with MDG 6, which aims to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Sindling said that to achieve this goal, the "international sexual and reproductive health community" should be "mobilized" and "family planning experts" must be included. "Without an effective integrating of sexual and reproductive health services with the efforts to stop the spread of HIV/Aids, we cannot succeed."
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