International Planned Parenthood Launches 'Sexual Rights' Campaign

The Bulletin | May 12, 2009

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has begun a petition drive to advocate “access to sexual and reproductive health services” for all people, “regardless of age.”

The petition campaign, reported by the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), commemorates the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, a 1994 conference in Cairo that outlined the new medical goals of the U.N. Population Fund. The petition campaign is called “15 and Counting.”

IPPF lists one of its advocacy objectives as getting governments “to recognize the right of all young people to make decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health” and to “build momentum for universal access to sexual and reproductive health services around the world.”

According to C-FAM, IPPF’s new campaign portrays “family planning” as an intrinsic human right, asserting that governments and the international community need to provide resources to fund family planning. Some of the IPPF’s literature says the new campaign was launched in an attempt to get governments to provide “access to affordable condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.”

The “15 and Counting” campaign plans to present hundreds of thousands of signatures to the U.N. secretary-general by November 2009. C-FAM reported only 1,000 signatures have been gathered so far.

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