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China and Vietnam need running water, not UNFPA

21 August 2002

China and Vietnam need running water, not UNFPA Westminster, 21 August 2002--The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has called on European Union governments to stop funding the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) after the publication of World Bank statistics which show that millions of women in China and Vietnam have had an IUD fitted or are visited by Pill vendors but still do not have decent drinking water. The 2002 World Bank Atlas states that 25% of the Chinese population lack access to a source of safe fresh water, whereas 83% of women of childbearing age have access to contraception. In Vietnam, 44% of people do not have access to a source of safe fresh water, whereas 75% of women of childbearing age have access to contraception. Peter C. Smith, SPUC's delegate to the forthcoming Johannesburg Earth Summit, commented: "Both China and Vietnam have coercive one and two-child policies, which are co-managed by UNFPA. The rates of 'contraceptive prevalence' in these countries will include forced sterilisation and the forced fitting of abortifacients such as IUDs. "The UK and other EU member states should take away UNFPA's funding and spend it on real development instead, such as giving a proper safe water-source to those Chinese and Vietnamese people who don't have one."

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