LifeSiteNews 28 November 2014
A recent report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says that laws against abortion, sex work, drugs, and same-sex relationships impinge upon the freedoms and potential of young people.
In the report, which was heavily criticized by C-FAM and the Population Research Institute’s Steven Mosher, UNFPA also says that young people worldwide — including minors — should have unrestricted freedom to engage in contraceptive sexual intercourse and abortion without parental involvement.
“Emergency contraception is something that adolescents particularly need because they use relatively ineffective methods,” the report states. “Another systematic literature review by Denno et al. (2012) shows that the most effective out-of-facility approaches to reaching youth with services include condom distribution via street outreach and promotion of over-the-counter access to emergency contraception.”
Perhaps of most importance to pro-life advocates is the UNFPA’s promotion of abortion.
“Age of consent laws that require adolescents to get the permission of a parent or guardian to use a service, or that limit access to people under a certain age, are barriers to information and services for adolescents’ barriers to information and services for adolescents,” argued the report. “Despite being signatories to treaties and agreements that call for adolescents to have access to sexual and reproductive health care, many countries have laws or policies that do not allow for unmarried adolescents or minors to have access to contraceptives.”