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 Bulletin, May 12, 2009)
According to John Connolly of The Bulletin, quoting the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), the petition 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.”
Some IPPF’s literature say 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. Oops!