|United Nations||VATICAN'S UN STATUS QUESTIONED OVER STANCE ON RAPE PILL|
Family planning organisations caring for Kosovan rape victims are calling for the Vatican's status at the United Nations to be reviewed.
At the heart of the row is the supply of emergency contraception to refugee women who say they have been raped by Serbian troops.
The Vatican has said that the issuing of the "morning-after pills" to Kosovan refugee women by international aid agencies is a form of abortion.
Observer status within the UN means that, although the Vatican can be present at UN meetings, it does not have the power to vote. The Church has said that the aid agencies are looking to have this status reviewed, or removed, simply because they object to its stance on birth control.
The row comes as tensions build over family planning policy in the run up to a major UN conference next month. The Vatican has encouraged developing nations to divert family planning aid budgets into general development aid budgets.
|11:35am 14/5/99 / BBC|