WASHINGTON, D.C. The Trump administration has announced that it will cut off U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund, on the basis that the UNFPA’s activities in China are complicit with that nation’s coercive population control program, the implementation of which includes forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “We are thrilled that the U.S. is no longer funding forced abortion and involuntary sterilization in China.  The blood of Chinese women and babies will no longer be on our hands. My very first press release, in 2009, was entitled “You Are Funding Forced Abortions in China.” I have consistently advocated for the defunding of UNFPA over the years, most recently just a couple of weeks ago at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Last month, I also briefed the State Department on continuing coercion, including forced abortion, under China’s Two-Child Policy.

“My message at the UNCSW was that The United States Secretary of State should investigate and evaluate UNFPA’s activities in China, and the President should de-fund them under the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, which ‘prohibits funding for any organization or program that, as determined by the President, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.’

Reggie Littlejohn has advocated defunding UNFPA since 2009

Littlejohn continued, “The UNFPA clearly supports China’s population control program, which they know is coercive. Under China’s One (now Two) Child Policy, women have been forcibly aborted up to the ninth month of pregnancy. Some of these forced abortions have been so violent that the women themselves have died, along with their full term babies. There have been brutal forced sterilizations as well, butchering women and leaving them disabled. Where was the outcry from the UNFPA? In my opinion, silence in the face of such atrocities is complicity.   Dr. Martin Luther King once said, ‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’ The UNFPA’s silence in the face of decades of forced abortion has been a sword in the wombs of millions of women and babies of China. I rejoice with them that the foot of the UNFPA is finally off of their necks.”

UNFPA has been found to be complicit with coercive population control in China in the past. The agency denies that it is complicit with forced abortion. According to a Washington Times report, however, UNFPA’s former head, Dr. Nafis Sadik was awarded the Population Prize Award by the Chinese State Family Planning Commission in 2002.

In her acceptance speech in Beijing, Dr. Sadik praised China’s population control program. “Looking back, I feel a great sense of pride for the Chinese Government and people for their support to UNFPA and to me, personally, I also feel proud that UNFPA made the wise decision to resist external pressures and continued its fruitful cooperation with China,” she said. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/18/family-planning-funding-spotlights-china/?page=all

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