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WASHINGTON, July 2, 2002 (LSN.ca) – The Washington Post reports that President George Bush’s aides have directed State Department officials in recent days to devise a plan to eliminate this year’s $34 million funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  While the official announcement is only expected after July 15, the Post reports that senior administration officials “expect [the funds] to be permanently withheld.”  The defunding of UNFPA will be a major pro-life victory based on a united effort of pro-life groups led by the Population Research Institute (PRI).  The movement to withhold funding from UNFPA began when PRI submitted evidence to Congress and the administration that UNFPA supports coercive sterilization and abortion in China’s one-child policy. PRI investigators visited China last September and recorded audio and videotaped testimony, from victims and witnesses, proving coercion in UNFPA’s “model county” program in Sihui, Guandong Province.  See the Washington Post coverage:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63847-2002Jun28.html

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