Thursday, May 17, 2012

U.K Financially Supporting Population Control In India

One News Now--Joseph Meaney, director of international coordination for Human Life International (HLI), explains that the Dalits, or the "untouchables", in India's culture are considered to be less than human. They are the target of this new program. According to, this money comes as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation prepares to co-host a family planning summit with the British government in July.

India's supreme court recently heard evidence of coercive mass sterilizations. In filthy conditions, men and women are reportedly rounded up into rural camps, and many are left in pain with little or no care. Some women, sterilized while pregnant, suffered miscarriages. Some were reportedly bribed with less than $8 and a sari, and others were threatened with losing their ration cards. Some reportedly even died from botched abortions. Meanwhile, clinics received bonuses for doing more than 30 operations a day.

"It's very interesting to see that this sterilization program, which is not a new thing because India had a massive sterilization program in the 1970s, but it's been revived here in the '90s and 2000s," Meaney details. "But anyway, it's always been focused on the poorest of the poor and included incentives, or even threats: get sterilized or else."

Meaney says sterilizing those considered less than human fits with the original eugenics policy of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood. Her aim was to get rid of minorities and the poor.

"In the U.S. it is completely illegal for U.S. government funds to be used in programs that have targets and incentives where basically people are being coerced or bribed into population control," the HLI spokesman reports. "The U.K., however, doesn't have the same kind of legal restraints that the U.S. government now has."
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