April 04, 2017
Another day, another promise kept! The Trump administration is plowing through the check list of pro-lifers, chalking up another big victory this week with the decision to zero out funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Under the one-child policy, the Chinese government has been wiping its future generations off the map -- especially baby girls. Unfortunately for taxpayers, the U.S. government has been playing a role in this tragedy with its support of UNFPA, which is one of the policy's biggest cheerleaders.
No more, said the Trump State Department. After eight years of funneling money to the group, the new president is canceling the check. In a letter to Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, State officials write to inform him "that a determination has been made that funding for the United Nations Population Fund is precluded..." An attached memo of determination explains that China's atrocious human rights record is to blame, as well as its "measures of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization." "The agency continues to partner with the [Chinese health and family planning office], and thus can be found to support, or participate in the management of China's coercive policies for purposes of the Kemp-Kasten Amendment."
Although President Bush was quick to slash U.S. support for the group, the government's endorsement came back with a vengeance under President Obama, who funneled more than $180 million dollars to UNFPA in his first four years alone. As with the Mexico City Policy, the decision of whether or not to fund UNFPA seems to ping-pong back and forth based on which party controls the White House. We're grateful that President Trump continued the Republican tradition of advancing human dignity in foreign policy.
The decision comes one week after Trump spoke at the Women's Empowerment Panel at the White House, where he promised to "ensure that our economy is a place where women can work, succeed, and thrive like never before." Thank goodness this administration knows that all of that starts by giving them a chance at life in the first place! The White House has been adamant about its goal to cut a third from the State Department budget. And we can't think of a better place to start than UNFPA.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.