Today is United Nations Day. The UN was founded on October 24th, 1945, by 51 countries committed to (according to the UN’s official website) “maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.”
Funny they should mention human rights.
In 2002, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell went on a fact-finding mission to China. In a subsequent letter to Senator Robert Byrd, he reported that China:
has in place a regime of severe penalties on women who have unapproved births. This regime plainly operates to coerce pregnant women to have abortions. . . . UNFPA’s support of and involvement in, China’s population-planning activities allows the Chinese government to implement more effectively its program of coercive abortion. Therefore, it is not permissible to continue funding UNFPA at this time.
As a result, for seven years the U.S. withheld $34 million a year ($235 million in all) that we’d previously paid to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
But in 2009, President Obama reinstated UNFPA funding. 55 Senators were complicit in this, including Washington State’s Senators Murray and Cantwell. These Senators voted against an amendment which would have denied federal funding to organizations supporting or participating in a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.
Let me say that without the double negative: Barack Obama, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell and 53 other Senators supported forced abortions and forced sterilizations.
Here’s a 2009 Washington Post article dealing with China’s one-child policy, which creates, according to a 2009 State Department report, “bounties on the unborn.” (This article details some of the collateral damage as well: Women as well as children die in late-term abortions, dissenters are tortured, 500 women commit suicide every day in China–the highest suicide rate in the world–and men outnumber women in China by 37 million and counting, a driving force behind the exploding sex-slave trade in Asia.)
China forces women to abort children. Monies from the UN’s Population Fund helps the Chinese government do this more effectively. The U.S. government has resumed pouring millions of dollars into the UNFPA.
Are you incensed yet? If not, why not?
Here and here are articles from Steven Mosher’s Population Research Institute dealing with the link between the UNFPA and the forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations resulting from China’s brutal one-child policy. If you want the full skinny, here is PRI’s full policy paper on the subject.
So much for human rights.
Please take a minute to observe UN Day by signing this petition to your Senators and Representative to defund the UNFPA.