Potential Obama Move to Fund UNFPA Renews China Forced Abortion Debate

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 18, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Potential Obama Move to Fund UNFPA Renews China Forced Abortion Debate

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 18
, 2009

Beijing, China (LifeNews.com) — After President Barack Obama decided to force taxpayers to fund the performance and promotion of abortions overseas, he said he would soon restore funding for the UNFPA. That’s the UN agency that has been accused of aiding Chinese family planning officials, who often rely on forced abortions.

A new Washington Times article focuses on the debate, which pits pro-life versus pro-abortion advocates in a row about whether the agency supports or is involved in these retribution campaigns Chinese officials use to punish those who violate its one-child policy.

The UNFPA promotes family planning efforts in 140 countries, but, in China, it shares offices and works hand in hand with the same officials who force women to have abortions and men to be sterilized.

The Chinese authorities also subject violators of the one-child rule to job losses, imprisonment, house arrest and other human rights abuses.

Stephen Mosher, and president of the Population Research Institute, is the leading expert on the UNFPA-China relationship — having conducted first-hand investigative research into the question.

"It’s very clear that the U.N. Population Fund is a cheerleader for the Chinese family planning program, is funding the program, and turns a blind eye to forced abortion and forced sterilization," he tells the Times.

Mosher’s team’s 2001 investigation found that family planning was nonexistent and that forced abortions and sterilizations were commonplace.

And the local UNFPA officials conducted their operations out of the China Office of Family Planning, where these abhorrent practices were taking place.

"It is inconceivable that the U.N. population official who worked in the same office did not know what was going on," Mosher told the newspaper.

The State Department sent officials to China to conduct a follow-up investigation in 2002 and found enough evidence for then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to tell Congress that the UNFPA doesn’t deserve taxpayer funding.

Powell said the Chinese population control staff members used equipment and supplies provided to them by the UNFPA to carry out their work.

Rep. Christopher Smith, a New Jersey Republican, also toured China and spoke with local residents and activists who informed him of the situation there.

He said Chinese officials only showed the State Department what they wanted Powell’s staff to see and that the abuses and the UNFPA link was more pronounced than even Powell’s team knew.

"The United States should not help UNFPA cover up China’s crimes against women and children," Smith told the Times.

Still, UNFPA leaders claim they have no knowledge of or involvement in the population control program.

In fact, Nafis Sadik, former director of UNFPA, went as far as telling the Times that enforcement of the one-child policy is very rare.

"If you go and visit the rural areas of China, they’re all pursuing economic wealth. In fact, they have more children, they have three or four, and they all keep saying, we should not have had so many children," she claimed.

That’s despite the fact that women continue to flee to the United States to avoid punishments for having a second child and that blind attorney Chen Guangcheng was forced to go prison for speaking out on behalf of thousands of women and other victims in one city alone.

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