|January 15, 2002|
A PRO-LIFE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PRESIDENT |
Since 1981, U.S. law has stated that at the President's determination, U.S. population assistance funds may be denied to any organization that supports or participates in programs involving coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization. Both Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush used that authority to deny federal funds to the United Nations Fund for Population Assistance (UNFPA) because of its support of China's one-child policy. Funding was restored at the end of the Bush I administration and increased to $40 million under President Clinton.
UNFPA CONTINUES WORK IN CHINA
Interviews with Chinese women last year provide new evidence that coercion and involuntary abortions and sterilizations are still prevalent in China. While UNFPA claims to fight China's coercive policies, UNFPA officials are actually working out of the same office space as China's Office of Family Planning in certain counties. UNFPA officials are well aware of the human rights abuses, yet they continue to operate in China.
Despite having a Republican President and majority in the House of Representatives, House and Senate appropriators agreed to fund UNFPA up to $34 million for FY 2002.
On Wednesday, January 16, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage is scheduled to discuss UNFPA funding with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card. Please contact the White House today!
Tell the President it's time to use his authority to completely deny funding for UNFPA.
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