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U.S. has withdrawn funding for the United Nations Population Fund

U.S. has withdrawn funding for the United Nations Population Fund

In a letter to U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, the State Department referenced both President Donald Trump's reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy - which prohibits funding global and foreign organizations that promote abortion - and the fund's ties to China's alleged forced abortion and sterilization policies.

The U.N. Population Fund will lose $32.5 million in funding from the 2017 budget, the State Department said, with funds shifted to similar programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development. The policy prohibits taxpayer funding of groups that promote or provide elective abortions overseas.

Little john continued: "The UNFPA clearly supports China's population control program, which they know is coercive".

The "one-child policy" may possibly become a "two-child policy" but China's police state population control policies will not end anytime soon.

It was not immediately clear whether the United Nations fund would also lose out on tens of millions of additional dollars it has typically received from the USA in "non-core" funds. The State Department cut the funding despite finding "no evidence" that UNFPA had itself engaged in any wrongdoing.

The US, one of our founding members, has long partnered with UNFPA to protect and promote the reproductive health and rights of women and girls, thereby fostering healthier women and girls and their families, according to the statement.

Earlier this year, President Trump had reinstated a ban on US funding of any worldwide organization that provided any kind of abortion service or advice. A lack of clarity around the rule, however, has left aid groups scrambling and both Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers seeking clarity.

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The reasoning of the state department of the USA is its belief that the UNFPA "supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation", BBC reports.

In a letter to US Senate foreign relations committee chairman Bob Corker, the state department said it was dropping the funding because the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) "supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation".

The State Department's decision "has absolutely nothing to do with defending human rights in China or anywhere else", Brian Dixon, senior vice president at the Population Connection Action Fund, charged in a statement.

It was the first cut in U.S. funding to the United Nations promised by the Trump administration, which is also eyeing reducing support for UN peacekeeping and other agencies.

President Obama restored funding soon after taking office.

Trump's order reinstating the Mexico City policy was also more expansive than past versions.

Littlejohn said she also would like to see a new investigation of UNFPA's work in China. "Instead, the agency offers voluntary family planning to prevent unintended pregnancies which, in turn, empowers girls and women to pursue an education, earn an income, and live more prosperous lives".


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