Abortion and International Aid

Population control through abortion services is a huge global business with enormous funding from government agencies and private grants.
  • The United Nations encourages mandatory reproductive health programmes globally.
  • UNFPA, the world's largest population control organisation, has spent US$6 billion on programmes since 1969.
  • The World Bank makes loans to developing countries conditional on the implementation of 'reproductive health' programmes.
  • Some of the world's richest people donate enormous sums of money to population control agencies.
  • Private Foundations contribute millions of dollars each year to population control programmes and abortion providers.
Since the 1970s, population control through abortion services has been a global business, with enormous funding from government aid agencies and private foundations.

Abortion services are provided as part of a birth control mix, termed 'reproductive health'. The providers argue that access to safer abortion is a 'human right', and particularly in Third World countries, it prevents reproductive injuries from back-street abortionists.

Investment in reproductive health is seen as vital to sustained economic growth and development.

Promoting abortion as "reproductive health" in Latin American and Islamic countries is highly controversial because of strong religious and cultural prohibitions.

Who’s Who in International Abortion Services
The United Nations provides official legitimacy to the concept of access to abortion as a human right, and essential to economic and social development.

A succession of international conferences under the auspices of the U.N. have been held since the 1980s to encourage mandatory reproductive health programmes around the world.

The 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population an Development (ICPD) set goals and a plan of action. However resistance from a coalition of delegates from "Catholic" and Muslim countries has restricted the overall adoption of the plan.

These are the main organisations involved in global reproductive health programmes:
  • UNFPA is the world’s largest population control organisation, and since 1969 has spent US$ 6 billion on reproductive care programmes. The European Union is a major contributor. In January 2001, the Bush administration reinstated the Mexico City policy and cancelled funding UNFPA because it promotes abortion.
  • The World Bank is deeply involved in supporting population control programmes, because it believes they play a vital role in improving health and economic productivity. The Bank is the largest single source of external finance for health programmes in developing countries, spending more than US$3 billion to support reproductive health programmes through 160 projects in over 70 countries.
  • Since 1992, the World Bank has financed an average of $379 million a year on population and reproductive health programmes. The Bank deploys its considerable power to leverage compliance from governments in developing countries. It insists that reproductive health programmes be implemented as a condition for receiving development loans.
According to a 2002 study undertaken by The Alan Guttmacher Institute, wealthy Northern governments (the United States, Britain, Germany, Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries) have traditionally funded reproductive health programmes, working through UNFPA and UNICEF.

UNFPA collaborates with these dedicated abortion providers:
  • Marie Stopes runs abortion clinics throughout Britain. Its International division collaborates with NGOs (non-governmental organisations) around the world.
  • U.S. based Pathfinder International, works with institutions and NGOs in developing countries.
  • Ipas works with government officials, health ministries and NGOs.
  • International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) collaborates with 90 nationally autonomous affiliates and is funded by over 20 governments.
  • Center for Reproductive Rights, based in New York, is a non-profit legal advocacy organisation, promoting and defending abortion rights worldwide.
The Role and Influence of Private Foundations
Population control advocates have their fears and concerns shared by some of the world’s richest people. Through the offices of their private foundations, enormous sums of money are donated to population control agencies.

The Foundations are credited with being able to work more quickly than government agencies. Their independence enables them to work around the Mexico City ban on funding abortions, take risks and fund whom they choose.

The Buffett Foundation was established by Warren Buffett, America’s wealthiest investor. He considers overpopulation a serious threat to the world and dedicates US$10 million a year to a variety of agencies including Planned Parenthood.

In 1994, speaking at a Planned Parenthood dinner, Warren Buffett reiterated his support for abortion. "The world would be better off if you could make every child a wanted child. Until women have that right to determine their reproductive destiny, we’re in an unequal society."

Before Susan Buffett died in July, 2004, she directed that $150 million of her holdings in Berkshire Hathaway Inc go to the Buffett Foundation. On June 28th, 2006, Buffett made world headlines when he announced that he will now leave 80% of his estate to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which has, itself, given US$21 Million to the IPPF in the last seven years.

Buffett and his late wife were major supporters of abortion providers and lobby groups in the USA. This latest contribution added US $37 Billion to the Gates Foundation's $29 Billion making it the world's largest charity In 2002, the Foundation distributed $11 million to abortion-rights organisations. It has also made a five-year $20 million commitment to International Projects Assistance Services, the leading manufacturer of suction pumps used in abortions.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has given nearly $3 billion to "Global Health" programmes. Bill Gates, Snr, was a head of Planned Parenthood and his son pays tribute to his influence. The Foundation funds population control programmes, but insisted in 1999, that this does not include abortion services of any kind.

The Hewlett-Packard foundations are major donors to abortion-rights groups. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation donates an average of $34 million annually.
David and Lucile Packard donate $85 million annually.

The Rockefeller, Ford and Kaiser foundations also donate millions each year.

Billionaire financier, George Soros, funds abortion providers in Central and Eastern Europe through a branch of his Open Society foundation. His Public Health Program is dedicated to "improving the quality of abortion services." This entails introducing medical abortions (replacing surgical) to Albania, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia.

The Public Health Program funded the introduction of manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) abortion in Macedonia, Moldova and Russia. Funds are also dedicated to combating the efforts of anti-abortion groups in these regions.

Questions have been raised about Soros’s motivation, because the regions are experiencing unprecedented demographic collapse, with some of the lowest fertility rates in the world.