Nov 2, 2003 / 22:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
A UNESCO document calls for international government reform to make abortion available to all women and adolescent girls without restriction.
“Unwanted Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion” also suggests that governments should subsidize abortions and offer "redress" to women who have been "denied" access to abortions in countries where abortions are legal, reported C-FAM, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, in the Oct. 31 edition of their “Friday Fax” newsletter.
“This information has not been reported anywhere before and it is vital that folks all over the world know,” said C-FAM president Austin Ruse, whose organization broke the story.
UNESCO produced the document in 2002 but it only surfaced in October with the release of this year’s UN Population Fund's State of the World Population report, in which the document is referenced.
The UNESCO document recommends that "governments should make abortion legal, safe, and affordable." It also recommends that governments remove legal restrictions to abortion and family planning services for adolescents and guarantee the adolescents’ privacy, reported C-FAM.