|Saving Women's Lives|
Saving Women's LivesThe New York Times - September 2, 2003
Letter to the Editor
To the Editor:
Re "U.S. Cuts Off Financing for AIDS Program, Provoking Furor" (news article, Aug. 27):
This action against a respected program because of its work with the United Nations Population Fund is part of a pattern by the administration, pushed by far-right groups, to take money away from comprehensive family-planning programs.
Three fact-finding missions, including one by the State Department, have discredited the original charge that the population fund supported coercive abortion policies in China. The charge was made by a tiny, controversial Virginia group, whose "researcher" had never before been to China and did not speak Chinese.
We must ask how extremists have been able to kidnap our policy-making and stall financing to programs that save thousands of women's lives every year.
Originally published in the New York Times, September 2, 2003. Reprinted with permission.