Trump to end support for UN Population Fund over abortions

Miranda GreerApr 05, 2017

The U.S. State Department has cut off $32 million in funds for the U.N. Population Fund, an worldwide agency that promotes family planning in more than 150 nations.

"While there is no evidence that UNFPA directly engages in coercive abortions or involuntary sterilizations in China, the agency continues to partner with the (government) on family planning, and thus can be found to support, or participate in the management of China's coercive policies", it said.

In a statement on its website, UNFPA said it regrets the USA decision to end funding, which it said is based on an "erroneous claim" that the agency supports coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation in China.

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".

Trump in January signed an executive order banning U.S. federal funding for foreign organizations that support abortion, mirroring moves made by previous conservative-backed Republican administrations.

Previous year the U.S. government contributed $75million to the UN Population Fund, the majority of which was used in crisis situations.

"In 2001, the US cut funding to UNFPA because an investigation, headed by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, found that UNFPA was complicit in the coercive implementation of China's one-child policy", explained Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, in the National Review in 2011.

Last year, the UNFPA worked with the Ministry of Planning during Cambodia's census as well as the Ministry of Women's Affairs in running consultative workshops on domestic violence.

The US government plans to stop funding the United Nations Population Fund because of the organisation's "coercive" family planning practices, including providing abortions, officials in Washington have said. President Clinton restored the funding in 1993, before President George W. Bush defunded the UNFPA from 2002 to 2008, in a move costing the agency a total of some $244 million. "The UN Population Fund helped fund birth restrictions, fund forced abortions, and a massive and coercive family planning bureaucracy".

The US embassy in Phnom Penh was unable to say which UNFPA services in Cambodia will be affected and whether the funding will be redirected other aid groups.

United Nations officials have warned that abrupt funding cuts could trigger more global instability and argued that dollars for diplomacy are more effective than military spending in combating terrorism.

"This is nowhere more clearly demonstrated than in the U.N. Population Fund's 'model country program, ' where UNFPA-trained officials oversee the enforcement of the one-child policy, and where abuses are rampant", he wrote.

Starting in 1979, China had a "one-child policy" enforced in many cases with state-mandated abortions. This decision is based on the erroneous claim that UNFPA "supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation" in China.

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