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Trump Opts to Fund Maternal Health Rather than Abortion

UNFPA logoThe Trump administration has announced that it will stop funding the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) because of its involvement in China’s forced abortion and sterilization program and will instead redirect the money to an agency that promotes maternal health.

Breitbart is reporting on the directive which will end $32.5 million in funding for UNFPA due to the agency’s links to China’s oppressive population control programs that involved coerced abortion and sterilization.

“The Chinese government is not the only one culpable in these heinous crimes against women and children. The UN Population Fund helped fund birth restrictions, fund forced abortions, and a massive and coercive family planning bureaucracy,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), co-chair of the Congressional Executive Committee on China during a 2015 hearing.

“The UNFPA whitewashed China’s crimes for decades and continues to do so today,” Smith said.

As a result, the U.S. State Department sent a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday announcing that it will end funding of the agency.

“This determination was made based on the fact that China’s family planning policies still involve the use of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization, and UNFPA partners on family planning activities with the Chinese government agency responsible for these coercive policies,” the state department said.

This isn’t the first time the agency lost its US funding. Under the Kemp-Kasten amendment, which was enacted in 1985, the U.S. was prohibited from funding any organization that aids or participates in forced abortion or sterilization programs. However, it’s up to each administration to determine which agencies meet those conditions. UNFPA funding was cut off after passage of the amendment, restored by President Bill Clinton in 1993, withdrawn again by President George W. Bush in 2002 and reinstated once again by President Barack Obama in 2009.

This latest move by the Trump administration is in line with its decision in January to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, a rule that prohibits the funding of international agencies that promote abortion.

Not surprisingly, the pro-abortion mainstream media is criticizing the move and accusing the administration of leaving millions of women and children without the health care they need. However, this claim is disingenuous at best.

The money is simply being redirected to another agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides medical care to families around the world.

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