A longtime abortion advocate and former executive with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPFF) was honored recently by the United Nations with its Population Award for “her lifelong devotion to ensuring the right of all people to access sexual and reproductive health care,” according to an IPPF article published on June 24.
“Carmen Barroso is a widely respected leader on population questions and their solutions,” U.N. Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said at the event at the U.N. headquarters in New York City.
But according to the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), in her acceptance speech Barosso, a social scientist, touted an abortion she had as a newlywed as inspiration for a career spent promoting birth control and abortion around the world.
“The iconic abortion advocate dedicated the award to doctors and health providers who perform illegal abortions and explained how the motivation for her life’s work was personal,” the June 30 article distributed to media states. “Dancing to a Brazilian tune as she received the U.N. Population Award, Barroso called these doctors ‘unsung heroes.’”
C-Fam reports that in her acceptance speech, Barroso, who is from Brazil, said that she got pregnant early in her marriage and she and her husband wanted to put off having a family in order to pursue the “small pleasures” in life, as well as a way to have “freedom and social justice.”
Barroso said she got pregnant while using an abortion-inducing intra-uterine device, which failed.
“I froze with horror,” Barroso said when she learned she was pregnant. “The castle of my future came tumbling down.”
Barroso referred to her husband as a “monster inseminator” who had “lost a mischievous sperm” that gained access to her “defenseless ovaries.”
“There was only one way out,” C-Fam reports Barroso said. “Interrupt the pregnancy.”
She did so by using medicine she received from a “very religious” doctor who told her to take the medication and then report to a hospital and say she had had a miscarriage.
“I will be eternally grateful,” Barroso said. “My husband and I were able to realize the future we dreamed of.”
Barroso is a member of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health, and chairs the Independent Expert Review Group of the Global Strategy on Women and Children’s Health, appointed by the U.N. Secretary General, according to C-Fam.