34 Million Friends
was founded by Lois Abraham and Jane Roberts
to gather private contributions for the United Nations Population Fund
, and had gathered $1,957,613.31 in gifts and pledges as of July 4. For the third year in a row, the Bush administration is withholding $34 million
in aid because of accusations
that UNFPA supports China's policy of coercive abortions, despite evidence
to the contrary. UNFPA estimates the money could have helped prevent as many as 2 million unwanted pregnancies, 800,000 abortions, 4,700 maternal deaths, and over 77,000 infant deaths.
The International Criminal Court
is now a reality after a group of 10 countries signed the treaty at a ceremony at the U.N. today
, bringing the number of signatories to 66. According to Kofi Annan "the missing link in the international justice system is now in place," but without the participation of the U.S., Russia or China, how effective can it be?