The United Nations has declared birth control to be a "universal human right" for the first time ever. Their rationale? Family planning is vital for women and children in poor countries to have a chance in life.
This was spelled out by the UN Population Fund's director: "Women who use contraception are generally healthier, better educated, more empowered in their households and communities and more economically productive. Women's increased labor-force participation boosts nations' economies."
The report recommends increased funding for contraception, but it isn't binding and has no effect on the laws of UN member countries.
It's sparked heated debate among culture warriors in the US. Women's health advocates and feminist writers are delighted with the UN's announcement, but some conservatives are not. Declaring birth control a "right" violates "the more basic human right of freedom of conscience," according to Brian Clowes, speaking to LifeSiteNews. If contraception is a right then we all have to contribute to paying for it, he said, even if we "oppose it on moral grounds."
Okay, so now it's a right, whatever. Here is what the US can do. Stop giving 1 billion dollars to that stupid grant that teaches girls in third world countries how to tend a bar, and buy rubbers and and pills, or whatever. As long as they don't ask us to pay for it.
Wow still have the bitter after taste in your mouth from the election. I would guess by the reply to the post you would have been a Republican. I think after this election there is going to be some soul searching in the party. They are going to have to start thinking outside of the little box they have in closed themselves in. If not its going to be hard for them to keep anything other than the House. I think they better get on board with what the American people want or its going to be another bad election for them come 2014.
@marine1 I am with you on this! If you are to freaking stupid to understand and/or deal with the consequences then do not ask to deal with (pay for it). I am paying for my children... How about this... No job, no means of support, no children....
I think by right they mean people should have the right to have access to it, not necessarily that it will be paid for. Just like we have a right to freedom of religion. That doesn't mean we are owed money to build a house of worship.
You're looking at this as an entitlement issue as many on the right has portrayed it. But many women do not have access because they want it provided at no cost, but because it just isn't available due to cultural, religious, or ignorance. Read this article to gain a new perspective on the issue. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/arch...
@wild_turkey6 in the US, it is an entitlement issue. That's all that concerns me. You want to go to war over contraceptives? Sorry, it's just not a basic human right. A good idea? Sure. A right? No, just more liberal dribble from the U.N. How about a little more personal responsibility?
"In my view, I think we ought to respect the right of women to make choices in their lives and make that clear and to get back onto what the American people really care about -- jobs and the economy." John McCain
Voted up. Although given that America has been fighting wars in far-off countries for the last 10 years, and given that America's support of Israel is a key factor in pissing off the Arab world, I would find it a bit sad if the American people only cared about jobs and the economy. Perhaps America should stop getting involved overseas if the American people don't care about it.
@ded We ought to leave the Arab world — Holy Land for the Muslims — and end all aid to nations such as Egypt, Pakistan, Israel and even "our strong ally" Afghanistan. I oppose American military implementation into Islamic nations.
It is a right for an individual to seek a form or method of contraception, but it is not any individuals right to be provided contraception. No individual can claim the right to the productive efforts of another individual unless both parties are in mutual agreement. It is the antithesis of liberty and of property rights to compel an individual to provide contraception to another individual.
Compel and force are two different things. How about a compelling argument in favor of contraceptive funding? Overpopulation contributes to famine, disease, polution, climate change, wars over limited resources, and more. IMO we should encourage and assist the women of the world to use contraceptives of all kinds. It would be money well spent. We've spent money on worse things, haven't we?
@Denizen_Kate They are only different things when the context is changed. When it is government on the issuing end, they are both anti freedom. I agree completely that helping out others is a fine and noble undertaking, but it should be a choice. I donate and volunteer, and i would encourage others to do the same. But turning to governments to "compel" or "force" others to make the same such efforts is wrong. Perhaps you may or may not see a neighborhood effect from it, but the powers of government should be far more limited to the basics of protecting individuals from force and fraud.
@Lpguy - There was actually nothing in this article about forcing anything. Many UN projects are funded through voluntary donations, and there was nothing in their proclamation saying that they were going to force anyone to fund anything. IMO, it would be money well spent and I would contribute.
@Denizen_Kate the UN is not primarily funded by private donations, you and I have absolutely no say in whether we contribute to them or not. You sending them a check is just a second payment from your purse that they will gladly accept, and in which you are of course free to do. IMO our nation should not be involved in the UN, nor should our government be involved in any charity. I believe it up to the individual to recommend and encourage his neighbor to proper charity.
I don't believe there are any "Universal Human Rights". Rights are granted to people by people. If we collectively decide contraception should be, then it will be. I don't want to hear that it's not in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights....people created those too.
@martydotcom I can't imagine that anyone likes the aborting of a pregnancy. It is rather a matter of exigency. Since I do not harbor religious beliefs or entertain the existence of a soul, the developing fetus at an early stage in development is essentially no different from that of any other mammalian species which we routinely dispose of. Later in the gestation period, I feel somewhat differently for various reasons. Abortion should be allowed, especially in the first trimester. Obviously, I would not support any attempt at universal prohibition.
Absolutely, just as we vaccinate to prevent suffering so shall we educate and provide contraception to prevent suffering. Its time to take control and rid the world of religious mind rot. (especially the lies of the catholic church, disgusting as they are!)
The "church" has caused undue suffering by LYING to the poor uneducated peoples of the world in order to control them. Well no more.
@Realthinker Well actually the countries that have huge amounts of uneducated, disease ridden, poor people’s have tons of money, but its just not spent on their people. The kings/queens/ministers/lords/r ulers/sheiks....and so on ….live in gold palaces...have money to burn....limousines...jewels... and so on
The countries have the money, but they would rather the people be brainwashed by religion to think that suffering is normal and commanded by a god and that ALL pregnancies are from god. This keeps the countries rich because all the responsibility for the strife of the people is put onto a god.
Countries have BILLIONS to spend on war and war accessories, but then complain that providing free birth control and sex ed is just too darn expensive……sorry I don’t buy that excuse. Millions of uneducated poor babies guarantees’ a slave labor class…. Plain and simple.
People at the top HAVE to give a little. They have to invest in the future of the Earth. We are at the point we HAVE to start controlling population through truthful (religion free) sex ed and easy/cheap/free access to birth control. Fewer people will save money in the long run and slow down needless suffering.
@AtheistStand Yes there are countries where the ruling class hoards everything for themselves. It's called socialism. That would include any financial aid provided for the purpose of getting the poor birth control. You need to figure out a way around that and good luck. You see, an utter absence of religion isn't going to change their hearts.
and let me guess others should pay for it. why not do the old snip snip and when they can afford a kid have it reversed at their own cost? spay and neuter,stop unplanned pregnancy and the tax payer funded prostitution. those who were not part of any conception show not be robbed for others child support.
@DanielMincin The founding fathers said all men are created equal and were endowed by Thor creator with certain rights INCLUDING life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, nowhere did they limit the rights to those these. More to the point, human rights as recognized by the UN are global applying to all nations, the document you quote applies only to the united states, and although I know some Americans arrogantly think the u.s. should be able to tell the world what to do, the billions of people who live elsewhere disagree...
Memo to all the non-Third-World-fertile-women posting on this topic: it's a non-binding resolution. Calm down. It's a good idea, but it isn't going to cost you a dime. Relax - you aren't being asked to help improve the quality of life for anyone, no matter how much they might need your help. See you in church this Sunday.
Millions of women in this world that for reasons of age, health, economics and maturity should not have children if they so choose....and they shouldn't be required to jump through legal, moral, religious, or financial hoops when they make that decision to use birth control or even abort a "legitimate or god-given" pregnancy. Contraceptives have never been cheaper or easier to use....the alternative is difficult, risky, and far more costly.
If I wish hard enough to fly, I ought to be able to soar through the sky like a plane, simple as that. But let's talk reality, eh? You being snarky is not going to stop people from having children - most especially if they don't have access to affordable birth control. So you don't get to issue your edict about not breeding. Sorry. You can choose to support easy access to birth control or you can decide how to deal with starving children. Or both. That's reality.
Real simple solution, don't engage in high risk sexual behavior if you're not prepared to deal the possibility bearing children. It is not mine, nor anybody else responsibility to provide contraception or deal with the consequences of actions perpetrated by morons. People should try exercising some personal responsibility. You want reality, people aren't entitled to shit and the world owes no one anything.
@John_Matrix I agree it's all about personal responsibility. The starving children should've exercised personal responsibility and chose to be born to more well-off parents. When they starve to death, it's the child's fault so we shouldn't care.
@John_Matrix You're still avoiding reality. You continue to issue edicts from on high that are not going to make one bit of difference to the world around us. As I said, you can stop fighting easy access to contraception or you can think about how we're going to deal with starving children. Unless I'm to take "the world owes no one anything" to mean "let the kids starve. Welcome to the jungle." That wouldn't be right. We're not alligators or rattlesnakes. We're human beings: social animals who do best in an interrelated community.