Trump Administration Cuts All Funding For UNFPA, Citing Concerns Over ‘Coercive Abortion Or Involuntary Sterilization’ In China

Al Jazeera: U.S. ends funding for United Nations Population Fund
“The State Department has announced it is ending U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the international body’s agency focused on family planning as well as maternal and child health in more than 150 countries…” (4/3).

Associated Press: Trump admin cuts off U.N. agency’s funds over abortion concern
“The Trump administration said Monday it was cutting off U.S. funding to the United Nations agency for reproductive health, accusing the agency of supporting population control programs in China that include coercive abortion. By halting assistance to the U.N. Population Fund, the Trump administration is following through on promises to let socially conservative policies that President Donald Trump embraced in his campaign determine the way the U.S. government operates and conducts itself in the world…” (Lederman, 4/3).

BuzzFeed News: The Trump Administration Just Cut All Funding For The U.N.’s Family Planning Agency
“…Undersecretary for Political Affairs Thomas J. Shannon said in a policy document obtained by BuzzFeed News that UNFPA ‘supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization’ in China. Such support would be a violation of the 1985 Kemp-Kasten Amendment, the document says…” (Moore, 4/3).

Devex: Trump administration cuts all future U.S. funding to UNFPA
“…The Kemp-Kasten amendment — first enacted in 1985 and previously used by other Republican presidents — prohibits foreign aid to an organization that is involved in coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization. The State Department letter, dated March 30, 2017, provides some information on the history of the Chinese government’s state-sponsored family planning program … as well as statements on how the UNFPA works closely with the Chinese government…” (Lieberman, 4/4).

Huffington Post: Donald Trump Defunds Global Maternal Health Organization
“…President George W. Bush used the same policy to defund the UNFPA from 2002 to 2008, arguing that the organization’s presence in China constituted participation in the country’s ‘one child’ coercive family planning policy. The UNFPA does not provide or promote abortions. The organization works in China to make reproductive health programs voluntary and rights-based…” (Bassett, 4/3).

New York Times: Trump Cuts Off Funding for U.N. Agency That Supports Contraception
“…The United States is one of the top donor nations to the United Nations, and the denial of funding was one of President Trump’s biggest moves yet to reduce financing for family planning…” (Sengupta/Gladstone, 4/3).

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