Bush Withholds UNFPA Funds for Seventh Straight Year … Included in Wednesday’s roundup was an Utne Reader article asking if battling AIDS could actually become the legacy of the president who has aggressively pushed an abstinence-only sex education agenda upon both the US and the rest of the world. Today it seems more likely that Bush will be remembered for stubbornly sticking to failed policy agendas in the face of good evidence against said policies. He did it with Iraq when, as the public found out after the invasion, he had good evidence that there were no weapons of mass destruction. He and his far right cohorts in congress (well, weak democrats were complicit, too) have done it with abstinence-only sex education, forcing it upon schools even after strong evidence surfaced that the policy is making America’s youth more likely to contract STDs and become pregnant far too young.
And now Bush has done it seven years in a row with funding for the UN Population Fund, or UNFPA, despite numerous investigative teams that have repeatedly found that no link exists to coercive
practices by the UNFPA in China (the reason cited by Bush for denying funds) and in fact report that UNFPA’s pilot programs
have demonstrated voluntary family planning methods in 80 counties have
been “a force for good” in China.
Nicholas Kristof has a short blog on the issue at the NY Times and OneWorld.net has a more in depth look at the seven year history of Bush denying UNFPA funds. Bush has now deprived the worthy organization of $235 million.
The Bush legacy will be that of the cowboy who stuck to his guns despite the proof that he should holster them standing right before his eyes.
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