Racist population control policies hinder access to optimal health

WASHINGTON, DC June 10 (C-Fam) The UN special expert on the right to health, who has drawn controversy for her previous work as an abortionist and her advocacy of prostitution, announced that her next annual report will focus on the effect of racism on global health.

In response to its call for stakeholder input on this topic, C-Fam, the publisher of the Friday faxprovided information detailing how the racist and eugenic motivations behind the population control movement continue to generate harm, especially in developing regions.

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng of South Africa has been appointed Special Rapporteur on the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health by 2020. From the start of her tenure, she has used her position to promote abortion, “sex work” and gender ideology, including in its previous annual reports to the General Assembly.

Its current call for entries includes questions on historical and current forms of racism and “coloniality,” defined as the effects of European colonialism, and their effects on health.

C-Fam’s submission examines long-standing international efforts to reduce fertility in the Global South, with a focus on long-acting contraceptives such as injectable Depo Provera, which are linked to harmful side effects and used at much lower rates by women in wealthier countries. . The Gates Foundation in particular, a major donor to global health projects, has specifically championed Depo Provera as Sayana Press in sub-Saharan Africa.

Much of the rationale for spending billions of dollars on international family planning is presented as meeting an “unmet need” of poor women for contraceptives. The complete elimination of “unmet need” is one of the main goals of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which often equates it with a lack of access to methods. However, the vast majority of women who describe themselves as having such a “need” do not lack access to family planning and have expressed no demand for it. In fact, many have rejected contraceptives due to concerns about side effects or for other reasons, including religious ones. beliefs.

Abortion, which remains one of the most contentious issues within the UN despite Mofokeng’s strident advocacy for it to be considered a human right, also has a racist legacy. In the United States, unborn black babies are aborted at disproportionately high rates, and nearly 80% of abortion clinics are located in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide and placed the United States among the countries with the most blatantly liberal abortion laws, was recognized by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as having eugenic and racist motivations: “There were concerns about population growth and particularly the growth of populations that we don’t want to have too many.

The submission to the health rapporteur encourages him to uphold the global consensus that abortion laws should be country-determined and to encourage international donors to distance themselves from the racist legacy of population control, including understood in its more subtle forms which rely on misleading statistics such as “unmet need”. .”

Such efforts have been described by Pope Francis as “ideological colonization” and, like earlier forms of colonization, emanate from generally wealthy, white, Western sources.