Casey Staton, like Kathryn Carnell, is attending the 58th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women in New York City this week during spring break. This is his first post about what he has seen and learned from the experience. —Ed.
In every talk I attended this past week at the United Nations in New York the same underlying message radiated through the multiple topics: money. From events titled “Trafficking in Human Beings” to those called “Accelerating Progress on the MDGS [Millennium Development Goals] for Women and Girls” a grossly unbalanced propaganda displayed itself clearly: women have rights to contraception and reproductive “services” (read: abortion), and should be engaged in non-maternal work.
Africa’s AIDS crisis would be done away with if only women could practice safe sex. Therefore, those in position of governmental power must promote the use of condoms, and if necessary fund them.
Muslim women’s emotional and physical trauma due to unwanted pregnancies would be eliminated if only access to safe abortions were possible.
South America’s extreme poverty would come to an end only if resources could be used for more than raising a surplus supply of children.
Therefore, those in position of governmental power must provide family planning “services” to all women, especially young girls forced into marriages. They must free women from the slavery of motherhood and provide them with more work.
So how does money play into the equation? Rather than making money won’t those in positions of governmental power be spending money to resolve these issues? Good questions. It certainly would not be the individual countries where the “enslaved” women live that would benefit financially, especially in countries where money that could be spent on a safe water supply would instead be spent for “safe abortion” services.
So which organization would benefit most from making contraception, abortion, and work that ensures the need to avoid motherhood, “rights”? Trojan and Durex would certainly be happy to supply the world with its semi-effective rubber, but there has to be someone bigger whose interest lies in more than just the contraceptive issue.
On a hunch, I visited the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) website, where I found an eerily similar agenda to that of the United Nations. You can watch it here. Sure enough, the goals of Planned Parenthood are to promote the use of contraception, keep abortion as a plan B just in case the contraception does not work, keep women in work positions where motherhood poses a threat to their careers rather than an asset to their happiness, and, of course, establish these goals under the all altruistic objective of ending the AIDS epidemic.
So nations take on the added cost of population control, and Planned Parenthood has a fatter wallet. A box of birth control, on average, costs between $15 and $50, according to the Planned Parenthood website. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) received $487.4 million in tax money over a twelve-month period and performed 329,455 abortions according to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America annual report (x). At least we are assured of Planned Parenthood’s “altruistic” intentions.
Now had even one delegate discussed the need for real education that really gets into the heart of the matter, I would have found the IPPF-behind-it-all-the-whole-time theory far-fetched. However, in every talk, there was an absence of real discussion. Not once was the role of men in risky sexual behavior mentioned. No campaigns to educate the male population with respect to their part in unwanted pregnancy were ever suggested. The effects of pornography on a man’s psyche were disregarded. Efforts to help men see women as more than objects for use was ignored.
The only solution offered for rape victims was the need for more abortion clinics, not the need for developing self-control in men. Of course this all makes a sort of sick sense, because chastity is cheap and there is no money to be made in promoting it.
As long as women’s sexual relations are discussed as rights rather than responsibilities, Planned Parenthood will remain in demand and the status of women will continue to be an issue of money rather than an issue of truth, goodness, and beauty.
“Whence comes war and fighting, and factions? Whence but from the body and the lust of the body Wars are occasioned by the love of money, and money has to be acquired for the same and service of the body.”