While we, in America, are debating over whether to force anti-abortion activists to pay for other people’s abortions or not, the United Nations has taken a step further into the statist hell, officially naming the use of contraceptives as a “human right”. And of course, this new “right” needs to be respected on a worldwide basis and for that, individual rights need to be put on the side.
The United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA (for United Nations Fund for Population Activities) released a report called “By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights, and Development” as part of its annual state of the world address, in which contraceptive access was described as a new human right for “everyone in all nations”. Of course, as any UN move would, the report sparked a large online controversy, mainly justified.
The first responders to the report are pro-life advocates. Many see this as a call to abandon all local cultures and traditions, while others see it as yet another evidence of global population control, the bad tyrannical conspiracy kind. But their criticism does not come in the fact that contraceptives are promoted to the status of right, but rather to the parts of the report that condone the end of sexual abstinence among young people and condemn marriage among teenagers.
Instead, there is something really wrong with the UNFPA’s report that isn’t talked about enough. It is the concept that the United Nations, an unelected body of intergovernmental groups, can create new rights for humanity and ignore the principle of natural rights altogether. It has been known that the UN have only small consideration for property rights, including when it comes to such basic property as, let’s say, one’s own body. But this is a new blow that everyone should have seen coming.
If property is the most basic right in nature, then human rights cannot include such things as contraceptives. Of course, one should have the right to purchase, or acquire legally, contraceptives and use them, but this is not what the UNFPA means. Instead, the bureaucracy implies that taxpayers across the world now have the obligation to pay for contraceptives for people they do not even know. Thankfully, the report changed everything when it claimed such actions were justified, since contraceptives are now a “human right.”
There is a large difference between allowing people to do something and forcing them do so. This human right is nothing more than a lie, disguised under noble wording, that leads to a global system of taxation. In other word, we are not only forced to pay, as taxpayers, for a global bureaucracy not allowed by the US Constitution (or by any other member state’s constitution for that matter), but we might now see a new layer of taxation: a global one, aimed at subsidizing contraceptives and family planning for individuals that none of us have met before. And of course, it is not a coincidence that the UNFPA claimed to be “grateful” for President Obama’s reelection.
And there again, I might be omitting the truth. Because the UNFPA gives absolutely no assurance than such subsidies will actually work anyhow. 0.1% is the rate of growth of contraceptive prevalence across the globe annually, and this rate has remained the same for a few years already. This is ridiculous, especially when one knows that more than a billion dollars is spent every year on the issue by the UNFPA, without even starting to consider the hundreds of subsidies, welfare programs, mandated charities, and other government actions directed at contraceptive use enhancement by the almost 200 nations in the world.
A free market, free of subsidies, is the best way to guarantee family planning. No, family planning is not wrong, as opposed to what conservative groups are saying. Abortion is justified as a woman’s ultimate right of ownership of her body, contraceptives are moral as part of individuals’ right not to have children, teenage and out-of-wedlock sex is also an individual right in the same context. But Chinese-type forced abortions, subsidized contraceptives, and rape are not human rights. The true solution is to stop regulating family and social issues on the one hand, and stop forcing liberal measures on the other.
But UNFPA executive director Babatunde Osotimehin (who was a Nigerian Minister of Health when the country was enforcing mandatory population control measures) has asked more than $8 billion in increased United Nations spending to promote family planning. Such a number will slow the rate of contraceptive prevalence even more.
Once again, the United Nations showed its bureaucratic and socialistic nature. It is a nature that believes rights are only lines that can be added via a report. One more reason to leave the UN as soon as possible.