Pro-Life Group Asks Hillary Clinton About UNFPA Abortion Funding

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 16, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 16, 2005

Washington, DC ( — Sen. Hillary Clinton made waves last week when she condemned China’s population control policy for its forced abortions and sterilizations. She called on President Bush to address the issue in his meetings with Chinese leaders but a pro-life group wants to know if Clinton has changed her position on funding a UN agency that backs the program.

Connie Mackey, vice president for government affairs at the Family Research Council co-wrote a letter to Clinton with Dr. Pia de Solenni, FRC’s Director for Life and Women’s Issues.

"In 2004, at the NARAL gala on the occasion of the 31st commemoration of Roe, you gave the keynote address in which you referred to the U.S. refusal to fund the United Nations Fund for Population Assistance (UNFPA) as the ‘global gag rule.’ Has your position on the UNFPA funding changed," they ask Clinton.

"In the same speech, you implied that abortion was the answer to unplanned pregnancies and ‘uncontrolled population growth,’" they wrote.

The pro-life advocates asked Clinton whether she accepts a State Department investigation which affirms the UNFPA’s involvement in the Chinese population control program.

They said they believed that helping women and families in China was a nonpartisan issue and invited Clinton to meet with them to discuss her speech with them.

Last week, Clinton urged President Bush to challenge China’s "forced abortion" policy.

Clinton called the Chinese policy that requires families to have no more than one child a "fundamental injustice." She condemned China’s "use of psychological and economic pressure and threats to force women to terminate pregnancies."

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