POLITICS PUT OVER WOMEN AND CHILDREN'S HEALTH
For the third consecutive year the Bush administration has decided not to release $34 million appropriated by Congress to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The administration claims that the funds are being withheld because "the fund indirectly supports Chinese government programs that force women to have abortions." Although this explanation is popular with Bush's conservative base, it is wholly unsupported by the facts.
In 2002, Secretary of State Colin Powell dispatched a team to China to investigate whether the UNFPA was assisting the Chinese government's coercive practices. The investigators reported that there was "no evidence that the UNFPA has knowingly supported or participated in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization." The investigative team recommended "that funds allocated by Congress be released to UNFPA."
Read the whole story...
- "Citing Chinese Abortions, U.S. Refuses to Fund U.N. Program," Los Angeles Times, 7/17/04.
- "US again denies money to population fund," Boston Globe, 7/17/04.
- "UNFPA Regrets U. S. Administration's Decision Not to Restore Funding," UNFPA, 7/16/04.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
From the Daily Mislead, which will send you one email per day, meticulously researched, about the Bush administration's latest falsehoods: