UN Agency Declares Birth Control a ‘Human Right’


For the first time in its history, a United Nations agency, UNFPA, has declared access to contraception “a human right.”

“Family planning is a human right. It must therefore be available to all who want it,” declares the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) annual report. “But clearly this right has not yet been extended to all.”

The report calls on nations of the world to fight “cultural barriers,” as well as legal constraints, that cause women to forgo the use of birth control.

“What is to stop the UNFPA from declaring that abortion is a basic ‘human right,’ as they have already attempted to do several times, especially in light of the relentless UN drive to legalize abortion all over the world?” ask Brian Clowes, director of research for Human Life International, in an e-mail to LifeSiteNews.com.

The report does not explicitly call for abortion legalization. However, it considers “emergency contraception” a human right, stating it “is not effective once implantation has begun and does not cause abortion.” However, the report adds, “A single emergency contraceptive pill, when taken within up to five days after unprotected intercourse, prevents a fertilized egg from implanting.”

The global population body has participated in China’s one-child policy.

The UNFPA paper suggests widespread use of intrauterine devices (IUDs), which act as an abortifacient. The traditional birth control pill also thins the uterine lining, making it impossible for an embryo to implant.

UNFPA claims that widespread contraceptive use will decrease abortion, although numerousscholars have debunked the notion.

Declaring birth control a right means “everyone else must pay for…the new right” Clowes told LifeSiteNews, “even if those forced to pay for it may object to it on moral grounds. This violates the more basic human right of freedom of conscience, which has for some time now been dispensed with by UN ‘human rights’ champions.”

The UNFPA estimates “222 million women have an unmet need for contraception” and that providing this “need” will cost $4.1 billion.

Providing such funds, the report states, “would save approximately $5.7 billion in maternal and newborn health services” – an argument similar to that made by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the United States.

The classification of contraception comes as the United States has earned a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

“The right to family planning is one that many have had to fight for and still today requires advocacy,” the report states.


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  • Terri Kimmel

    Spacing babies is a skill to which every married couple has a right–via Natural Family Planning and marital chastity. Contraception and abortion are smoke screens for population control. They’re not about “rights” or human dignity. They’re tools for oppression and are particularly insidious to the dignity of women.

  • Jay_Junk

    Spacing babies and family planning is a skill to which every married couple has a right. The means to achieve this will be up to the couple. Family planning improves health of women and families and saves money. Thus, it is not true that “everyone must pay”. “Everyone” saves. Catholics should applaud this advance and are welcome to advise their members to use the means they find acceptable.

    • GuitarGramma

      @Jay_Junk — When you state, “Family planning improves health of women and families and saves money,” I’m afraid that you’re quoting politicians, not facts.

      Have you ever read the list of side effects from The Pill? Are you aware of how many women have died from blood clots caused by The Pill? Did you know that side effects include liver disease, heart disease, and gall bladder disease? Or that The Pill makes you more susceptible to certain STDs? That it causes a loss of libido? And depression?
      Pope Paul VI may not have known all these things when he re-affirmed the 2000 year old Christian prohibition against artificial birth control. But he saved those Catholic women who listened to him from the heartaches listed above.

      • Jay_Junk

        Yes I am aware of side effects of the pill. However, on balance 60 years of experience has shown that they are generally safe. I obtain my data from sources which have no religious bias. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that the pills are sufficiently safe that over the counter access should be studied. Of course one must read the label and be aware that all medicines have risks and benefits. Among the benefits of combination pills is reduced risk for cancer of uterus and ovary. Regarding blood clots, yes I am well aware there is an increased risk of clots with birth control pills. The FDA
        estimates the risk of blood clot in women not using hormonal contraceptives to be up to 5 in 10,000
        women per year. This risk increases up to 9 in 10,000 women using oral contraceptives. In contrast, in pregnancy blood clot can occur in as many as 20 women in 10,000. Death is a rare complication of blood clots. You would not advise women to avoid pregnancy to avoid risk of blood clots. Bottom line – All women should obtain non biased information and make the best decision for themselves.