Jun 08 2010
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is calling for action and funding at the starting line. The simple goal? Getting women in developing nations healthy:
“Some simple blood tests, consultation with a doctor and qualified help at the birth itself can make a huge difference,” Mr. Ban said in an address to an international conference in Washington aimed at finding solutions to problems affecting women and girls worldwide.
“Add some basic antibiotics, blood transfusions and a safe operating room, and the risk of death can almost be eliminated,” he told delegates attending the gathering known as the “Women Deliver” conference.
Though Ban is surrounded by abortion right’s activists, he is nonetheless a diplomat who doesn’t want to identify himself as pro-abortion.
None of the new Gates money will go to fund abortions, Gates said, and the U.N. has no official position on abortion other than to support its safety where legal, Ban explained.
While I feel I will disagree with Ban Ki-Moon in the long run, I can back his desire to get things started with the basics and avoid any delays in providing this service.