WASHINGTON, January 29, 2004 ( – The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute reported today in its Friday fax that the US Congress has voted to permanently reallocate $56 million in funding previously earmarked for the United Nations Population Fund.  The money represents the amount withheld from UNFPA for the past two years because of the UNFPA’s known participation in coercive abortions in China.  Under the U.S. Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, any organization which participates in coercive abortion precludes them from any financial support.

UNFPA and its closest ally, International Planned Parenthood Federation, are still claiming victory, because the budget still allocates 34 million new dollars for the agency.  But the money is available only with the condition that the UNFPA certify that it no longer participates in coercive abortions policies, which is the same course of action Congress has taken for the past two years.

In a conversation with C-FAM, a congressional staff member said that “since UNFPA’s actions in China have not changed, we fully expect the administration to take the same action it has taken for the past two years regarding UNFPA.”  C-FAM urges Americans to email the President at [email protected] and say “No funding for UNFPA. No money for coerced abortions.” He will listen.


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