Congressional Democrats Seek to Restore, Increase Funding to Pro-Abortion UNFPA
by Steven Ertelt
February 23, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Congressional Democrats have unveiled their new omnibus spending bill that will fund federal government programs through the autumn months. The measure, H.R. 1105, contains language that would restore the money President Bush withheld from the UNFPA because of its abortion activities.
Sending taxpayer dollars to the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, has been controversial because the group both advocates for abortion and has been involved in China’s population control program.
Several investigations have shown the UNFPA to work hand-in-hand with the family planning officials in China that enforce its coercive one-child policy with forced abortions and sterilizations as well as other human rights abuses.
Every year during his presidency, President Bush withheld tens of millions in taxpayer funds from the UNFPA, but Congressional Democrats, with a friend in Barack Obama in the White House, have restored the funds.
The omnibus bill adds language that makes it so the president or his administration is not required to sign off on the funding and make sure the UNFPA is not violating the Kemp-Kasten law which forbids funding groups involved in forced abortions.
The language causes a concern for pro-life advocates because it ties the hands of future presidents who want to limit UNFPA funding because of its involvement in China’s forced abortion population control program. As a result, pro-life advocates may have to approve new language in a future bill for a future pro-life president to withhold the money in the manner Bush did.
The new language also goes much further than merely exempting the UNFPA from the Kemp-Kasten law. It is so broadly worded that the UNFPA will receive funding notwithstanding the operation of any provision of law.
As a result, even if the UNFPA were to violate provisions of law unrelated to abortion, it would still receive funding.
Section 7079 of Division H on pages 190 through 193 of the bill establishes how much the United States will send to the UNFPA.
Not only has the funding been restored, but Congressional Democrats boosted the amount from $40 million to $50 million.
During the debate on the omnibus spending measure, pro-life advocates may have an opportunity in committee to modify or delete the new rules and the UNFPA funding, but their ability may be more limited on the House floor.
Typically, the House Rules Committee drafts and the full House debates and votes on a rule that determines whether amendments can be allowed to a bill. By having control of Congress, the pro-abortion Democratic leadership can prohibit amendments related to the UNFPA funding from being offered on the floor.
Regardless of whether Congressional Democrats had restored funding for the UNFPA, President Obama had already indicated he would fund the pro-abortion UN agency.
ACTION: Contact your members of Congress and urge them to oppose funding the UNFPA and its pro-abortion activities. You can find contact information at https://www.house.gov/writerep or call 202-224-3121.
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