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Thursday, October 6, 2011

U.S. House committee: No more dough via U.N. to fund China's forced abortions

This news just in from friends in the U.S. House of Representatives:
"Today the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved H.R. 2059 by a vote of 23-17.  H.R. 2059, introduced by Rep. Renee Ellmers, would cut off funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). By eliminating funding to UNFPA due to the UN agency’s longstanding support for, and cooperation with, China’s brutal birth limitation policy, H.R. 2059 would save $400 million over 10 years, which is still less than the $500 million in excess funds that UNFPA is reported to have in reserve.  
"Over the years UNFPA has routinely worked closely with the Chinese population control agency -- operating their programs within the guidelines of the abusive policy, providing financial support to the China Family Planning Commission and even praising the brutal one child policy for its effectiveness.  Despite this ongoing history of complicity in this human rights abuse, the State Department resumed funding for UNFPA in 2009.  
"Less than a year ago, in December 2010, Dr. Zhao Baige, Vice Minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission of China expressed thanks to UNFPA for 'its constant support to China’s population and family planning undertakings during the past thirty years and more.'” 
Statements from Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee: 

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