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President Trump Yanks Funding For UNFPA

The Donald Trump administration is pulling funding for the United Nations Population Fund, which promotes family planning over 150 countries. The cut totals $32 million in FY2017.

 
The reason for this, according to the State Department is UNFPA’s support for coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization in China. 

The UNFPA calls that an “erroneous claim” and says its work “promotes the rights of individuals and couples to make their own decisions, free of coercion or discrimination, ” the BBC reports. 
In their time, Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush also withheld UNFPA funding.

UNFPA was headed by the late Babatunde Osotimehin who passed away in June 2017; and the seat is currently vacant.

 

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