The United Nations is being accused of "humanitarian blackmail" as it continues its push for legalized abortion in some of its member states that don't want that.
The U.N. has a long history of using its humanitarian aid to advocate for various social agendas, including abortion, even during the worldwide COVID-19 crisis. Elyssa Koren, director of U.N. Advocacy for Alliance Defending Freedom International, tells OneNewsNow that Ecuador's U.N. delegation called it "humanitarian blackmail" after taking a look at a recent plan for aid to fight the virus in their country.
"Inside of that plan were various provisions essentially trying to force Ecuador to legalize abortion. The advocates down there were very clever with the term 'humanitarian blackmail,'" Koren continues. "Basically it involves any sort of situation in which the U.N. is trying to force countries to change their national laws or policies in exchange for foreign relief money."
In a similar instance, Yemen has upwards of 10 million people impacted by civil war, cholera, and now the coronavirus – and money is desperately needed to combat those threats. Yet, the U.N.'s family planning arm is spending millions to promote abortion in the country.
As Koren explains, many countries – some of which have people literally staving – are in dire need of assistance and don't have the luxury of choosing what to accept and what to reject within U.N. policy.
"They need relief – and it's difficult for them to kind of pry apart what the U.N. is sending them to say 'We'll take this, but we won't take that,'" Koren shares. "They drastically need assistance in order to overcome the problems that they have."
She notes that the U.N. is spending about $100 million to reopen abortion clinics as Yemeni citizens are left to starve.