Democrats Will Vote on Bill Funding UN Agency That Helped China Force Women to Have Abortions

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 3, 2019   |   5:03PM   |   Washington, DC

House Democrats rapidly are trying to undo all the progress that the Trump administration has made in defunding pro-abortion groups that prey on women and destroy their unborn babies’ lives.

During the first week of the new session, pro-abortion House leaders are pushing a bill to end the partial government shutdown. Within the bill is language to restore funding to the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups.

This includes $37.5 million in funding (Section 7071(b) of the bill) to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In April 2017, the Trump administration defunded UNFPA because of connections to forced and coerced abortions in China.

For many years, links have been exposed between UNFPA and China’s one-child policy. The population control policy led to forced and coerced abortions through all nine months of pregnancy, as well as forced and coerced sterilizations.

The U.S. State Department cited these human rights abuses when it announced plans to cut its funding in 2017.

“This determination was made based on the fact that China’s family planning policies still involve the use of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization, and UNFPA partners on family planning activities with the Chinese government agency responsible for these coercive policies,” it said.

The UNFPA was slated to receive $32.5 million from America in 2017; the department redirected funds to the U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides medical care to families across the world, the Associated Press reported at the time.

UNFPA denies its involvement in forced and coerced abortions and sterilizations in China. In a statement, the UN agency said it “promotes the human rights of individuals and couples to make their own decisions, free of coercion or discrimination.”

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However, the agency has a long history of supporting China’s oppressive population control measures. Pro-life, human rights groups and others have been calling for investigations of UNFPA’s activities in China for years.

U.S. Congressman Chris Smith wrote about the abuses in 2018:

In October of last year the BBC released a report entitled “China’s Forbidden Babies Still An Issue” confirming that under the “Two-Child Policy,” forced abortion remains a threat for women pregnant with a third child.

BBC’s Beijing Correspondent John Sudworth interviewed the father of a family in hiding because his wife has just given birth to their third child. The father told Sudworth, “A third baby is not allowed.  If we weren’t in hiding, they would have forced us to have an abortion.”

China’s Family Planning officials readily admit to Sudworth that all women of childbearing age are still required to report for up to two ultrasound examinations every year.

They freely discuss with Sudworth the massive “social compensation” fines levied on families that have a third child—up to ten times the annual average income.

They also admit that that any woman found to be pregnant with a third baby will receive “home visits” with the aim of “persuading” them to have abortions.

Said one official ominously: “If you’re reported to us, then we’ll find you and we’ll persuade you not to give birth to that baby.”  Another said more bluntly, “We’ll definitely find you and persuade you to do an abortion.”

Democrats, who now control the U.S. House, also want to restore the $100 million that Trump took away from Planned Parenthood when he defunded its international arm during his first week in office. The policy that he signed prohibits taxpayer funding to international groups that promote and/or provide abortions overseas.

The House is set to vote Thursday on the Democrats’ bill. However, it is unlikely that the U.S. Senate, which has a Republican majority, will approve the measure. Even if it did, President Trump almost certainly would veto it because it does not contain the funding he wants for a border wall and security.

The funding bill repeals President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy, which stops U.S. taxpayer funding of the abortion industry overseas.

“On day one of the new Congress, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are already trying to foist a radical pro-abortion agenda on the nation,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews.

She added: “A strong majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. Acting on the clearly expressed will of the American people, President Trump and his administration have taken a bold stand for life by stopping billions of dollars in foreign aid from being used to push abortion overseas. The House’s spending bill would repeal this successful pro-life policy, making taxpayers complicit in the exportation of abortion and destruction of countless unborn children around the world. This is unconscionable and we oppose the bill in the strongest terms.”

The Trump administration did not cut any international funding through its policies. Instead, by cutting funds to pro-abortion groups, it made more funds available to agencies that provide true medical care to struggling communities across the globe.

The policies only hurt the abortion industry. The Mexico City policy affected just four groups out of more than 700 that receive international aid, according to a report by the U.S. Department of State. The International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International, a British-based abortion chain, are two of the four that stopped receiving U.S. tax dollars.

Since the Trump policy cuts, Reuters reported IPPF stopped 22 programs in sub-Saharan Africa, and Marie Stopes International shut down several of its programs in Africa.