The U.S. House and Senate recently voted to reject Ronald Reagan's Mexico City Policy which prohibited the funding or organizations which promote abortion in the Third World. I wonder, would it ever occur to our elected representatives to ask women in the Third World what kind of help they actually need?
Steven Mosher and Colin Mason of the Population research Institute wrote such an article. It begins here and continues on their web site. My recommmendation? Read it, print it and send it to your U.S. Senators and Representatives who voted for the Mexico City Policy.
"What Women Want (Hint: Not Reproductive Health Care)
"Pat McEwen was visiting the small village of Huaca, high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. The village, not far from the Colombian border, was teeming with refugees fleeing from the ongoing battles between government forces and the drug lords. Mostly women and children, the refugees had arrived with only the possessions that they could carry. Many had lost husbands, sons and daughters to the conflict. 'They had been poor even before the violence destroyed their villages,' Pat recalled. 'Now they had lost everything and [were] the 'poorest of the poor.'' These refugee women, in short, were perfect examples of the kind of 'client' that the family planners would say needed 'reproductive health services.'"
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