Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

UN focus on abortion ignores deadly and preventable diseases

Catholic World News - January 10, 2013

A new study published in The Lancet shows that common diseases such as diarrhea cause millions of needless deaths worldwide each year, while UN health officials devote more attention to less urgent issues such as access to abortion.

The 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study found that 1.4 million people died that year from diarrhea, with the disease proving especially deadly among children. Although medications to remedy diarrhea are readily available on the world markets, hundreds of thousands of people—mostly in undeveloped country—died from the disease.

By contrast, the study found that 37,100 deaths were attributable to complications from abortion. Although that death total was only 2.65% of the figure for diarrhea, UN efforts to promote access to abortion frequently took precedence.

The Global Burden of Disease Study also found that while drugs have proven effectively in arresting the development of AIDS, the overall fight against AIDS remains jeopardized by risky sexual behaviors. Only 5% of the funds allocating to AIDS prevention has been devoted to efforts to change behaviors.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our October expenses ($35,000 to go):
$35,000.00 $0.00
100% 0%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

On Bishops and Jesuits, Saints and Angels 5 hours ago
Bishop Finn in Kansas City: Not quite up to date? 6 hours ago
Oh, that sort of misconduct [UPDATED] September 29
Don’t worry about terrorism; worry about workplace violence? September 29
Doing Great Things for Christ September 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - 18 hours ago