The United Nations Fund for Population Activities says two American women began e-mail campaigns urging people to make up for the withdrawal of $34 million by the Bush administration for international population control. The administration withdrew its financial support because the Fund’s support for abortion and coercive population-control schemes violated the Mexico City policy Bush reinstated after eight years of Bill Clinton’s shenanigans.

The “34 Million Friends” campaign raised $155,257 between August and December last year. The UNFPA says that “thanks to the internet, thousands of men and women are becoming aware of the campaign and its simple message: the provision of family planning and reproductive health services to women in need is a humanitarian issue, not a political one.” The UNFPA’s website trumpets the Friends campaign as a success.