Using “Family Planning” in the 2030 Agenda to promote a “right to a child” for the LGBTI community.

Jul 14, 2017 by

by Marianna Orlandi, Ph.D., Turtle Bay and Beyond:

An NGO that promotes the rights of people who identify as lesbian, gay, homosexual, transsexuals and intersex, argues UN Member States must “provide viable options to assisted reproductive technologies for LGBTI people with parenting intentions.”

In their words, “family planning” money should be used to help single non-heterosexual individuals create their own family, unavoidably depriving children of their natural mother and father. The recommendation came up this week, during a side event co-organized by LGBTI advocates, and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) at UN Headquarters. It is part of a broader report, later presented at a similar event, co-sponsored by Argentina.

IPPF has long been criticized for using “family planning,” and “sexual and reproductive health” language for a worldwide promotion of abortion. LGBTI advocates are now recurring to the same language to promote their access to artificial reproductive techniques—too expensive for them, at the moment, wherever allowed.

The obvious legal problem is, “what about the rights of the child?”. What about the child’s right “to know and to be cared for by their mother and father?” Is such an option in his/her “best interest?” Furthermore, access to “family planning” was always linked to the internationally agreed definition of the family, never to satisfy individual desires.

This event is one among a series of panels organized at the UN Headquarters along the official schedule of the High Level Political Forum, a venue where Member States voluntarily report on their progress in implementing the SDGs, as they were agreed in Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

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