History of UNFPA Complicity in Forced Abortion Presented

WASHINGTON, February 1, 2002 ( – Fifty-five members of Congress sent a letter to the President of the United States yesterday asking that he zero-fund the United Nations Population Fund for their support of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization. Pro-abortion members of Congress also submitted a letter to Bush demanding a release of the UNFPA funds, it was signed by 126 members. The letter in support of UNFPA totally ignores the mountain of evidence against UNFPA as well as a law which forbids US funds from supporting such activities.

The letter to the President quotes current law on the matter, referred to as the Kemp-Kasten amendment, which states: “none of the funds made available in this Act nor any unobligated balances from prior appropriations may be made available to any organization or program which, as determined by the President of the United States, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.”

The letter also reveals important historical information on the former denial of funds to UNFPA based on the same concerns. It notes that former Presidents Reagan Bush invoked Kemp-Kasten disqualifying UNFPA from receiving funds. The letter notes importantly that the Agency for International Development (AID) officially declared that UNFPA “participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion” as defined in the law. “That declaration was challenged in a lawsuit filed by the UNFPA-funded Population Institute, but a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled on August 16, 1986 that the evidence presented by AID “amply supports” the AID cutoff of the UNFPA.”

The full letter from the 55 Reps is reproduced in today’s LifeSite Special Report: