US Pulls Funding for UN Population Fund
- Author: Adam Floyd Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 0:13
The Trump administration has announced that it will cut off U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund, on the basis that the UNFPA's activities in China are complicit with that nation's coercive population control program, the implementation of which includes forced abortion and involuntary sterilisation.
Foggy Bottom claims that the UNFPA, which funds reproductive health and family planning in 150 countries around the world, "supports or participates in" the Chinese government's policies of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization.
It comes after Mr Trump in January reinstated the so-called Mexico City Policy that withholds USA funding for worldwide organisations that perform abortions or provide information about abortion.
The UN fund will lose US$32.5 million in funding from this year's budget, the US Department of State said, with funds shifted to similar programs at the US Agency for International Development.
Governments voluntarily fund UNFPA, and the United States was the fourth-largest donor overall behind Britain, the United Nations and Sweden.
The UNFPA "regrets the decision by the United States to deny any future funding for its life-saving work", the organization said in a press release.
The agency said it was being denied US funding for "its life-saving work the world over".
Just last month, Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers called for the UNFPA to be defunded over its participation in forced abortion.More news: Konta beats Wozniacki for Miami WTA title
The statement added that United Nations member states "have long described UNFPA's work in China as a force for good".
As Breitbart News reported in December 2015, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), co-chair of the Congressional Executive Committee on China, observed during a hearing, "The Chinese government is not the only one culpable in these heinous crimes against women and children".
U.S. President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, have vowed to slash funding to U.N. agencies. At the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, for instance, UNFPA-supported health providers have managed to deliver more than 7,000 babies without a single maternal death.
The State Department said the United States would withdraw funding because UNFPA "supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization" in China.
"Without the United Nations Population Fund, millions of women and girls across the globe-far too many living in poverty or crisis areas-could be left with nowhere to turn for the information or services they need to make informed reproductive health choices".
China introduced its "one-child" policy in 1979, restricting couples to one child only, with some exceptions - for example some rurally-based or ethnic minority couples were allowed a second child if their firstborn was a girl.
The UN Foundation's statement said the UNFPA's work was of critical importance, providing more than nine million people with HIV/AIDS preventative services, domestic violence counselling, pregnancy check-ups and safe childhood services.