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Congress’s Funding Cut To UNFPA ‘Harmful’ To Women Globally, Especially In Crisis Settings

The Hill: Standing for the world’s women
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)

“…I am extremely disappointed in the so-called ‘pro-life protections’ of the omnibus that some in Congress have touted, including slashing UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, by seven percent, or $2.5 million. … [F]raming the cut as ‘pro-life’ makes little sense, as UNFPA does not fund or provide abortions. … The voluntary family planning done by UNFPA provides help to prevent recourse to abortion. The cut to UNFPA is a direct blow to the expectant mothers and babies who need it the most. Women do not stop getting pregnant or having babies when a crisis hits. … As the largest contributor to the United Nations and funder of international family planning, the U.S. is in a unique position to continue to lead the global agenda and place reproductive health at its core. … I call on all those who care about the needs of women, especially in crisis settings, to reconsider this harmful spending cut to the United Nations Population Fund and the life-saving work they do each day” (12/28).

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