UNFPA Chairman Blasts President Bush on Withdrawing $ Over Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 12, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 12, 2005

Amsterdam, Netherlands (LifeNews.com) — The chairman of the UNFPA on Wednesday attacked President Bush during his annual presentation of the status of the population agency. He blasted Bush for withholding $34 million in taxpayer funding of the UN operation because of its involvement in the forced abortion population control program in China.

UNFPA chairman Joris Voorhoeve, a former minister of defense for the Netherlands, gave the group’s annual report at The Hague.

Voorhoeve said the money President Bush has withheld from the agency four times could have been used to prevent unwanted pregnancies by promoting contraception and birth control.

He accused Bush of withholding the money out of "domestic political concerns," according to an Expatica News report.

"This blockade by Bush is counterproductive. He is against abortion but withholding money from the UNFPA results in more illegal abortions in developing countries," Voorhoeve claimed.

However, it is because of the UNFPA’s involvement in the forced abortion program in China that Bush has stopped funding the agency for the last four years.

The Bush administration sent two teams of investigators from the State Department and found that the UNFPA had been complicit in China’s one-child program, which has resulted in numerous human rights abuses from forced abortions and sterilizations to wrongful imprisonment, job pressures and harassment.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the Bush administration "remains firmly committed to women’s maternal and reproductive health" despite the need to defund the UNFPA.

The president first revoked funding for the pro-abortion agency in 2002.

Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, praised the president for his actions, which include diverting the money to groups that stop the sexual trafficking of women, a condition that has resulted in China because of the gender imbalance created by the population control programs.

"UNFPA is guilty of shamelessly supporting and whitewashing terrible crimes against humanity, and the United States will have no part in subsidizing them," Smith said.

"[The] United States provides hope to oppressed women everywhere with the promise that the United States will not subsidize those who engage in forced abortion and other coercive population control programs," Smith concluded.

The European Union has pledged to reimburse the UNFPA the $34 million that President Bush has revoked.