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Stop British Funding UN Abortion & Contraceptive Activities

According to the Universe (7 March 2004) 'More aid needed - The Catholic Institute for International Relations has joined forces with 53 other organisations to demand that the Chancellor increase UK overseas aid to the UN target of 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income.  A letter from the agencies to the Chancellor demands that he brings the UK's spending up to the UN level by 2008.  In 2002 the UK gave 0.31 per cent of GNI in aid and the Government's most recent spending revue stated that UK aid would reach 0.4 per cent from 2005-6.'

Also, in the same publication in the Universe 'UK urged to act now on Africa - Church aid agency CAFOD has called for the new 'Commisssion for Africa' launched by Prime Minister Tony Blair last week not to become just another talking shop.  The charity, which recently launched an appeal to help stave off famine in Eritrea, believes that only by the West committing the resources and political will necessary to fulfil the Millennium Development Goal of halving world poverty by 2015 will Africa ever be able to climb out of poverty.  "We have heard a deluge of words on how to help Africa - what we need now is action," said CAFOD's Head of Public Policy, George Gelber.  "The UK can make a massive difference to the future of the continent by focusing on debt, trade and aid."  The Commission, which will be chaired by the Prime Minister, will look at Africa in relation to economics, education, conflict resolution, health, the environment, HIV/AIDS, Governments and culture.  Mr Blair hopes it will come up with specific solutions which he can take forward to the G8 Summit in 2005 at which the UK holds the presidency.'

United for Life has written to all the Roman Catholic Bishops responsible for the both the Department for International Affairs and the Department for Christian Responsbility and Citizenship, the Director of CAFOD, the Director of CIIR and the General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference.

Our short letter ran as follows:

'On reading the Universe of 7 March 2004, I found two articles about CIIR's and CAFOD's lobbying of the UK Government, one lobbying to increase UK funds to the UN and the other lobbying the Commission for Africa launched by the Prime Minister, Tony Blair.  Will CIIR and CAFOD be lobbying the Government to withold UK funding from IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) and the UNFPA (United Nations Fund for Population Activities) both of which fund abortion and contraceptive activities around the world?  Social and international justice requires both organisations to do so.'

View Letters & Replies

View a sample letter from United for Life to RC Bishops by clicking here.  (PDF)

View a sample reply from one of the Bishops by clicking here.  (PDF)

View CAFOD's reply by clicking here.  (PDF)

View sample letter from United for Life in reply to the Bishops and to CAFOD by clicking here.  (PDF)

CAFOD and Condoms

The Guild of Catholic Doctors condemns CAFOD's condom policy.  To read more please click here.

Direct Link to Rubber World the leading magazine for the rubber industry
Once on Rubber World site click on 'Articles/Archives' then scroll to month 'June' & year '1993' for CM Roland's article entitled : The barrier performance of latex rubber.

Take Action - Write to:

CAFOD Executive Director and the CAFOD Chairman at www.cafod.org.uk or e-mail them at: cafod@cafod.org.uk

Catholic Bishops Conference at www.catholic-ew.org.uk

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