Joe Biden released a proposed budget Friday that would give taxpayers’ money to groups that promote the killing of unborn babies in abortions and have been linked to forced abortions in China.
Among other funding for the abortion industry, Biden’s proposed 2022 budget would restore millions of dollars to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). President Donald Trump’s administration defunded the agency because of its support for China’s oppressive population control measures, which include forced abortions and “illegal” third children.
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser slammed Biden’s plan, saying it would force Americans to support “human rights abuses around the world.”
“From day one, President Biden and his administration have sought to make good on his campaign promises to the abortion lobby,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “These assaults on innocent life and the very foundations of our country are deeply unpopular and pro-abortion Democrats pursue them at their own political peril.”
She pointed to a recent Marist poll that found strong public opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions in the U.S. and abroad. According to the poll, 77 percent of Americans oppose using tax dollars to promote abortion overseas, and 58 percent oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions in the United States.
“Under his radical cabinet appointees, funding increases will translate to a payday for abortion giants like Planned Parenthood and [British-based abortion chain] Marie Stopes International, and greater complicity in human rights abuses around the world,” Dannenfelser continued. “We strongly urge our congressional allies to reject any budget that omits these vital protections.”
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Starting 2017, the Trump administration cut off funding to UNFPA, because the agency “partners on family planning activities with the Chinese government agency responsible for … coercive policies,” such as forced abortions and forced sterilizations.
“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,” the state department said at the time.
The Trump administration said it redirected the funds – at least $32.5 million in 2017 alone – to the U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides medical care to families across the world.
UNFPA denies its involvement in forced and coerced abortions and sterilizations in China. In a statement previously, the UN agency said it “promotes the human rights of individuals and couples to make their own decisions, free of coercion or discrimination.”
Previous pro-life presidents also cut off funding to the UN agency, while pro-abortion presidents, including Barack Obama, restored the funding.
On the campaign trail, Biden promised to restore funding to the United Nations Population Fund. Then, in December, pro-abortion groups that backed his campaign released a list of “first priorities” for his administration, including $111 million for the pro-abortion agency.
Previously, Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, a human rights group that works to end forced and coerced abortions and sterilizations in China, explained the problems with UNFPA.
“UNFPA has been found to be complicit with coercive population control in China in the past, and I have no doubt that any unbiased investigation would find them complicit again. I have long advocated for the defunding of UNFPA” by the U.S., she said.
Littlejohn said she also would like to see a new investigation of UNFPA’s work in China. She referred to a 2002 investigation by former Secretary of State Colin Powell that found UNFPA was complicit with Chinese officials in coercive methods of family planning.
“I believe that any independent, unbiased investigation into UNFPA’s activities in China will lead to the inescapable conclusion that they are complicit with China’s population control practices, which include forced abortion and involuntary sterilization,” she continued. “To the extent that the global community is funding the UNFPA, the blood of Chinese women and babies is on our hands.”