Trump Praised for Defunding UNFPA: “The Blood of Chinese Women is No Longer On Our Hands”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 4, 2017   |   12:15PM   |   Washington, DC

One of the leading activists against forced abortions and population control in China is praising president Donald Trump for defunding the UNFPA. That is the United Nations population agency that has been found repeatedly over the years to be complicit in the Chinese coercive abortion program under its two child policy.

As LifeNews reported, the U.S. State Department sent a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee announcing its plans to stop funding UNFPA because of its support of forced and coerced abortions and sterilizations in China. The cut amounts to at least $32.5 million for the 2017; the department said it will redirect the funds to the U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides medical care to families across the world.

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and one of the top activists against gendercide in China, told LifeNews she was elated that the Trump administration has announced that it will cut off U.S. funding for the UNFPA. She said the evidence is clear that “the UNFPA’s activities in China are complicit with that nation’s coercive population control program, the implementation of which includes forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.”

“We are thrilled that the U.S. is no longer funding forced abortion and involuntary sterilization in China.   The blood of Chinese women and babies is no longer on our hands.  My very first press release, in 2009, was entitled “You Are Funding Forced Abortions in China.”  I have consistently advocated for the defunding of UNFPA over the years, most recently just a couple of weeks ago at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women,” she said.

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Littlejohn told LifeNews: “My message at the UNCSW was that The United States Secretary of State should investigate and evaluate UNFPA’s activities in China, and the President should de-fund them under the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, which ‘prohibits funding for any organization or program that, as determined by the President, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.’

Littlejohn continued: “The UNFPA clearly supports China’s population control program, which they know is coercive.  Under China’s One (now Two) Child Policy, women have been forcibly aborted up to the ninth month of pregnancy.  Some of these forced abortions have been so violent that the women themselves have died, along with their full term babies.  There have been brutal forced sterilizations as well, butchering women and leaving them disabled.  Where was the outcry from the UNFPA?  In my opinion, silence in the face of such atrocities is complicity.   Dr. Martin Luther King once said, ‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’  The UNFPA’s silence in the face of decades of forced abortion has been a sword in the wombs of millions of women and babies of China.  I rejoice with them that the foot of the UNFPA is finally off of their necks.”

The activist explained that UNFPA has been found to be complicit with coercive population control in China in the past.  The agency denies that it is complicit with forced abortion.  According to a Washington Times report, however, UNFPA’s former head, Dr. Nafis Sadik was awarded the Population Prize Award by the Chinese State Family Planning Commission in 2002.

Littlejohn noted that, in her acceptance speech in Beijing, Dr. Sadik praised China’s population control program. “Looking back, I feel a great sense of pride for the Chinese Government and people for their support to UNFPA and to me, personally, I also feel proud that UNFPA made the wise decision to resist external pressures and continued its fruitful cooperation with China,” she said.