UNFPA Supports Forced Sterilization in Mexico

Jan 07, 2003, 00:00 ET from Population Research Institute

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- An independent investigation has found
 that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in its association with the
 National Population Council of Mexico (CONAPO), supports involuntary
 sterilization and coercive family planning in Mexico.
     According to Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which
 recently denounced coercion in family planning programs throughout Mexico,
 "Public health servants have imposed methods of family planning on the native
 population without their consent and without informing them of the risks."
 Threats and bribes are used to deprive men and women of their right to
 determine for themselves the timing and spacing of pregnancies.
     It has also been found that CONAPO has established national quotas (for
 family planning users) which are fulfilled by regional hospitals and by teams
 of local family planning workers. CONAPO's coercive family planning program,
 which involves forced sterilization, is heavily supported by UNFPA with
 financial, strategic, technical and medical support. In its fourth cycle of
 assistance with Mexico, UNFPA is scheduled to provide $12 million for
 population control over the next five years.
     Over 40 case studies of victims were obtained in Mexico this summer,
 noting the following abuses: covert abortion under the guise of "normalization
 of menstruation"; clandestine placement of IUDs, and involuntary signing of
 "informed consent" documents in order to sterilize victim. In one alarming
 case, a woman testified that, while undergoing a caesarian delivery, her
 fallopian tubes were ligated (tied) without her foreknowledge or consent.
     The US State Department recently denounced UNFPA for helping China to more
 effectively carry out its program of forced abortion. UNFPA has also supported
 coercion in Vietnam and Peru. The Peruvian Congress recently condemned UNFPA
 for its involvement in ex-President Fujimori's forced sterilization campaign.
     "UNFPA supports forced abortion in China and other totalitarian nations,"
 said Steven Mosher, president of PRI. "But Mexico is a free country. The Fox
 administration must end coercive population control programs aimed at Mexico's
 most vulnerable citizens."
     The Population Research Institute is committed to ending human rights
 abuses committed in the name of "family planning."

SOURCE Population Research Institute