a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing

34 Million Friends

This is an important issue for women's health worldwide. Please donate if you can.

"Congress appropriated $34 million for the United Nations' Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) for this year, but President Bush refuses to release the money. The fund provides contraception, family planning and safe births, and works against the spread of HIV and against female genital mutilation in the poorest countries of the world. Thirty-four million dollars goes a long way in the parts of the world where more than 600,000 women die every year from pregnancy and childbirth.

In response to this outrage, two women -- Jane Roberts, a retired teacher in California, and Lois Abraham, a lawyer in New Mexico -- have started a splendid protest that is being supported by all kinds of women's groups. The organizers are asking 34 million Americans to send in $1 each to the UNFPA. This will not only replace the money Congress intended to send them, but will show President Bush and the world that our hearts are with the poor women of the world who lack proper medical care."

You can send your tax-deductible donations here:

U.S. Committee for UNFPA Lockbox
GPO Box 27777
New York, NY 10087-7777

or donate via Paypal at the organization's site here.

Every single dollar matters!

(thanks, netmouse)
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