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Should the U.S. Pay for China’s Forced Abortions?Vote to cut federal funding of UNFPA

Should the U.S. Pay for China’s Forced Abortions?Vote to cut federal funding of UNFPA
By: Wendy Wright - 5/18/2011

Hunting down pregnant women to abort their children. Posting billboards threatening, “One more baby means one more tomb,” and “Houses toppled, cows confiscated, if abortion demand rejected.” Banners starkly warning, “Those who refuse to use birth control, have a ligation, and pay the extra birth fine will be severely punished.”

China’s vicious family planning policies have “prevented” 400 million births, resulting in an aging population and massive imbalance as more girls are aborted than boys. So who helped China create and implement, even to this day, their draconian programs? The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In 2002, an investigation by the U.S. State Department found China’s family planning agents using computers and vehicles given to them by UNFPA. These are useful tools for keeping records on women, sending threatening letters, and traveling to “topple” the houses of pregnant women who refuse abortions.

That investigation triggered the Kemp-Kasten amendment, a law barring federal funding of groups involved in forced abortions and sterilizations. President George W. Bush ordered the $34 million allotted by Congress each year to UNFPA to go instead to maternal and child health programs.

In President Barack Obama’s first year in office, he ordered the funding back to UNFPA. Under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Congress increased federal funding to UNFPA to $55 million.

Now we can tell Congress to stop sending our tax dollars to UNFPA. Through the YouCut initiative, people can vote each week on which of three programs to cut. The program that gets the most votes will be sponsored, then its progress tracked on the website.

To vote to cut funding to UNFPA, go to the YouCut website and click “vote” next to the “Terminate U.S. Contributions to the United Nations Population Fund.”

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