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Eagle Forum Capitol Alert
January 15, 2002

PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE:
NO TAX-DOLLARS FOR U.N. POPULATION FUND

ALERT 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 
In 1998, UNFPA was again caught supporting and cooperating with China's coercive one-child policy, and Congress eliminated its funding. UNFPA came back lobbying and received $25 million in FY 2000 and FY 2001, minus a small penalty for its continued operation 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.

ACTION ITEM 
Because Congressional appropriators gave the President the flexibility to provide "up to" $34 million, he can completely deny federal funding by citing UNFPA's violation of the 1981 law.

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.

White House E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov 
White House Comment Line: (202) 456-6213 
White House Switchboard: (202) 456-1414

 
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