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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Forum Passes Program

UNITED NATIONS -- More than 170 nations at a population forum approved a program Friday on family planning, sex education and parental rights just hours before a General Assembly session was to endorse it.

The last protracted debate f on abortion f ended late Thursday when the chairman of the session told several objectors, backed by the Vatican, to add their reservations to the document.

At issue is a five-year review and updated program of a landmark population and development conference in Cairo that shifted away from population control to general health care, education and choice for women and girls.