Behind the 'Make Poverty History' campaign are the Millennium Development Goals (see below), which in theory, nobody would disagree with. But in practice, if you look closely at the goals you will notice that the eradication of the worldwide killing of 50 million children each year by abortion (1) is conspicuous by its absence in any of the goals.
However, in the MDG Report (download Full PDF Report) dated 21 March 2005 by the Secretary General, on page 13 under the heading 'Gender equality; overcoming pervasive gender bias' it says "Empowered women can be some of the most effective drivers of development. Direct interventions to advance gender equality include increasing primary school completion and secondary school access for girls, ensuring securing tenure of property to women, ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health services, promoting equal access to labour markets, providing the opportunity for greater representation in government decision-making bodies and protecting women from violence."
In the same report on page 14 under the heading 'Health systems; ensuring universal access to essential services' it says "Strong health systems are required to ensure universal access to basic health services, including services to promote child and maternal health, to support reproductive health and to control killer diseases, such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This requires sufficient investments, large numbers of motivated and adequately paid health workers, scaled-up infrastructure and supplies, strong management systems and the elimination of user fees."
This report is to be the basis for the Summit that is to be held in New York in September 2005 when world leaders will come together to reveiw the progress since the Millennium Declaration that was adopted by all Member States in 2000. In the Executive Summary's Introduction it says "The world must advance the causes of security, development and human rights together, otherwise none will succeed. Humanity will not enjoy security without development, it will not enjoy development without security, and it will not enjoy either without respect for human rights".
The killing of children by abortion, which in 'UN speak' comes under the heading of 'reproductive health' (2), violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child which states that '...the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth'.
Since the killing of children by abortion violates the inviolable right to life of the unborn, as protected by the UDHR and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, all the organisations that are signed up for the Millennium Development Goals, including 'Make Poverty History', must now have the policy priority to 'Make Abortion History' and commit themselves to United for Life's ten commitment points.
|Millennium Development Goals
||Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day
- Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
||Achieve universal primary education
- Ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling
||Promote gender equality and empower women
- Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
||Reduce child mortality
- Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five
||Improve maternal health
- Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio
||Combat HIV/AIDS, maleria and other diseases
- Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
- Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases
||Ensure environmental sustainability
- Integrate the principles of sustanable development into country policies and programmes; reverse loss of environmental resources
- Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water
- Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020
||Develop a global partnership for development
- Develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory. Includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction - nationally and internationally
- Address the least developed countries' special needs. This includes tariff and quota free access for their exports; enhanced debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries; cancellation of official bilateral debt; and more generous official development assistance for countries committed to poverty reduction
- Address the special needs of landlocked and small island developing States
- Deal comprehensively with developing countries' debt problems through national and international measures to make debt sustainable in the long term
- In cooperation with the developing countries, develop decent and productive work for youth
- In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
- In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies - especially information and communications technologies
- UK LifeLeague's Make Abortion History Campaign, postcard to Tony Blair.
- C-fam - Friday Fax 11 February 2005