House Democrats Pass Bill Funding UN Agency That Helped China Force Women to Have Abortions

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 4, 2019   |   10:42AM   |   Washington, DC

House Democrats voted late Thursday to fund a United Nations agency linked to forced and coerced abortions in China after President Donald Trump defunded it last year.

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

The bill, an attempt to end the partial government shutdown, also includes language to restore funding to the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups.

On Thursday, the House voted 241 to 190 for the bill with all Democrats voting for it and all but seven Republicans voting against it.

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; but the Trump administration redirected those 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.

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The Democrats’ bill would reverse that. The Washington Examiner reports abortion funding is one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s priorities.

According to the report:

Now, Pelosi wants to expand the abortion franchise. … It’s the definition of a poison pill.

Although never committed to the cause before he ran for office, Trump is arguably the most pro-life president if judged solely by results. He expanded the Mexico City policy. He was the first president to address the national March for Life in person. He nominated two ostensibly pro-life Supreme Court justices. Call it a return on investment. Trump made a deal with evangelical voters during the election, and so far, he’s keeping his end of the deal.

This transaction can’t be underestimated. Evangelicals went for Trump over Hillary Clinton, backing him 80 to 16 percent, in large part because of his conversion on the abortion issue. It is most fundamental second only perhaps to his promise to “build the wall.”

Now, the two could be put in conflict. Eventually, a deal has to be made to reopen the government, and when that occurs, Pelosi could hold funding for border security hostage to money for overseas abortions. Don’t put it past her — she has shown exactly who she plans to be during her second stint as speaker.

In a statement Thursday, the White House said Trump likely would veto the bill.

“If either H.R. 21 or H.J. Res. 1 were presented to the President, his advisors would recommend that he veto the bill,” the statement said.

The statement mentioned pro-life concerns about the bill: “It includes $700 million more than requested for the United Nations, including restoring funding for the United Nations Population Fund. The bill would also undermine the President’s Mexico City Policy (Presidential Memorandum of January 23, 2017), which prohibits the funding of foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or perform abortions.”

However, the bill likely will be blocked before it reaches the president’s desk. The U.S. Senate is controlled by Republicans.

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.”

However, the agency has a long history of supporting China’s oppressive population control measures. Human rights groups and pro-life leaders 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 in 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 funding bill would repeal Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy, which stops U.S. taxpayer funding of the abortion industry overseas.