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May 06, 2005

Fresh Air at UNICEF

Clinton appointee Carol Bellamy, has stepped down after 10 years of promoting abortions and feminist causes through her directorship of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The new head is outgoing U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman. Veneman says she wants to turn UNICEF back to focusing on "an agenda of helping children, particularly in the areas of education and health and to address the issues of hunger and malnutrition." Veneman adds that she will shift the agency's attention away from making sure teenagers can get abortions.

LIFENEWS.COM's Steven Ertelt writes about the change.

Carol Bellamy was the director of the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) for ten years and pro-life groups were frequently concerned at the pro-abortion positions the agency took under her direction.

"She has taken UNICEF in the radical feminist direction of promoting abortion rights," Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, told Family News in Focus. "It is her feeling and the feeling of the people she brought into UNICEF that children will not get their rights until women can get their rights first."

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Veneman said at a press conference that she wants UNICEF to champion "an agenda of helping children, particularly in the areas of education and health and to address the issues of hunger and malnutrition."
Asked by a reporter about "reproductive health" issues, she responded: "I don't believe that these issues are relevant to the missions of UNICEF."

Adults are back in charge. It will take Ann Veneman some time to fully reform the agency since Bellamy had 10 years to appoint like-minded bureaucrats.