- "Situations in which you can obtain sexual
pleasure: 1. Masturbation. 2. Sexual relations with a partner - whether
heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. 3. A sexual response that is directed
toward inanimate objects, animals, minors, non-consenting persons.[ie rape?]"
-- Child Sex Book Given Out At UN Summit
- A UNICEF-funded book being passed out at the United Nations
Child Summit encourages children to engage in sexual activities with other
minors and with homosexuals and animals.
- As the delegations to the summit remain deadlocked on
abortion, international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that support
the U.S. delegation's anti-abortion stance circulated copies of pages from
a UNICEF-funded book given to delegates from Latin America that promotes
sexual activity and abortion among teens in their countries.
- "Reproductive health includes the following components:
Counseling on sexuality, pregnancy, methods of contraception, abortion,
infertility, infections and diseases," says the Spanish-language book,
whose title translates to "Theoretic Elements for Working with Mothers
and Pregnant Teens."
- An accompanying workshop book produced by the U.N. Children's
Fund (UNICEF) tells Latin American mothers and teens: "Situations
in which you can obtain sexual pleasure: 1. Masturbation. 2. Sexual relations
with a partner - whether heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. 3. A
sexual response that is directed toward inanimate objects, animals, minors,
- The book, which was distributed by the Mexican government
with U.N. funding, suggests lesbian sex as an acceptable alternative for
- "Sexual relations with a partner: Here we should
insist there is no ideal or perfect relations between two or several people,"
the book says. "The one that gives us the most satisfaction and that
which is adopted to our way of being and the style of life we have chosen.
This is why we encounter many differences among women. Some women like
to have relations with men. And others with another woman."
- UNICEF spokesman Alfred Ironside acknowledged U.N. funding
for the book, but said it was produced by the Mexican government in 1999
and pulled from circulation "when the content was more carefully reviewed."
- Mr. Ironside said he did not know how many of the books
were circulated. "A very small number were produced - fewer than
a thousand," he said. "It was pulled out of circulation when
the content was more carefully reviewed."
- "That book was a product of the Mexican government,
supported by UNICEF financially as part of UNICEF's support to the Mexican
government," Mr. Ironside said.
- "We do everything we do in full agreement with the
governments we support. We do not operate independently," he said.
- He said the book was "intended as a training manual
for people working with adolescent women to prevent teen pregnancy. That
publication was a compilation of articles by different contributors and
has a very clear disclaimer in the front that the views of the writers
do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations."
- The workshop book is being passed out by anti-abortion
NGOs to persuade delegates from the large Latin American bloc of countries
called the Rio Group to support the U.S. proposal to remove ambiguous language
from the child-summit action document, which has been used in the past
by U.N. agencies to promote abortion.
- Delegations to the U.N. Child Summit remained deadlocked
yesterday in closed-door negotiations over abortion and other hot-button
issues that have held up final agreement on a U.N. action agenda to protect
the world's children.
- The U.S. delegation, praised by pro-family groups for
standing firm to ensure the agenda does not sanction continued U.N. promotion
of abortions, was attacked by NGO critics for a second day at an afternoon
briefing, NGO members at the meeting said.
- Douglas Sylva, an official with the Catholic Family and
Human Rights Institute, called the briefing "an NGO feeding frenzy,"
in which the United States was attacked for its position on the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict; arms sales to allies; the Bush administration's support of capital
punishment; and U.S. failure to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights
of the Child.
- "The fact that the United States is the only country
besides Somalia that has not ratified [the] child's rights [convention]
is shocking," said Paula Daeppen, director in Zurich for the Federation
of American Women's Clubs Overseas.
- "We're supposed to be a moral leader of the world
and child friendly," she said.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas Democrat, told the meeting
she applauded the administration's work to protect children from pornography,
exploitation and "child soldiering." But she said she disagreed
with the U.S. delegation on some issues.
- "There needs to be flexibility on life," she
said - an apparent reference to the administration's strong anti-abortion
stance. A person close to the congresswoman, who asked to remain anonymous,
said her remarks were intended to urge "more flexibility on family
- Abortion is not mentioned directly in the draft child-summit
document, but UNICEF, which organized the 187-country special session of
the General Assembly, and the U.N. Fund for Population Activities, interpret
the ambiguous phrase "reproductive health services" to include
- A senior Canadian negotiator told delegates in earlier
preparatory meetings that the term includes abortion, prompting the Bush
administration to start pushing for the alternate term "reproductive
- European countries, with the exception of Spain, along
with Canada, Japan and New Zealand oppose the U.S. position. Muslim nations
and some African countries also support the United States.
- The Rio Group, whose delegations say their predominantly
Catholic populations don't condone abortion, said there is no danger the
term "reproductive health services" will be used to promote abortions
in Latin America.