In recent years, numerous reports with concrete evidence of forced sterilization of millions of Uyghur women in Xinjiang under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have surfaced. Meanwhile, the United Nations Population Fund Act, (UNPFA), far from doing anything to stop these atrocities, is partnering with the CCP in its “family planning” efforts by providing large sums of money.
A revealing report by the Jamestown Foundation found that the totalitarian CCP poured millions of dollars into funding sterilizations in Xinjiang. The UNPFA, by any standard, should not partner in “family planning” efforts with a regime that brutally employs sterilization and abortion to commit genocide against a minority group.
While UNPFA does not claim to fund sterilizations and abortions in Xinjiang directly, it does make contributions to China’s National Health Commission on general concepts of “integrated sexual and reproductive health services.” By partnering with the Commission, UNFPA also effectively supports the work of an organization linked to ongoing atrocities.
The CCP is the world’s leading perpetrator of forced abortions and sterilizations. Its controversial “One Child Policy,” which lasted from 1979 to 2015, was responsible for preventing the birth of more than 400 million children, China’s state media reported.
Critics charge that UNPFA’s continued funding of “family control” in the Xinjiang area is more than enough reason for the United States to stop all contributions to the Fund.
In light of this situation, Rep. Chip Roy (R-Tex.) recently introduced a bill to prohibit United States funding of the United Nations Population Fund.
“The No Taxpayer Funding for the U.N.Population Fund Act creates a permanent prohibition on federal funding of the United Nations Population Fund. This legislation would prevent American tax dollars from propping up an international program that is openly complicit in China’s inhumane two-child policy and publicly praises China’s abusive population-control programs, which included as forced abortions and the forced sterilization of women,” the Bill reads.
United States funding for UNFPA has historically been heavily criticized due to the organization’s link to coercive abortion and sterilization around the world. The recent U.S. categorization of genocide by the United States of the CCP’s actions of forced sterilizations of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang makes an effort to cut U.S. funding to UNPFA more urgent.
Following this line of thinking, last year, the Trump administration withheld funding from UNPFA because of its association with the CCP, including coercive practices that were later declared genocide.
Unfortunately, Democratic President Joe Biden, in his first days in office, has already taken steps to restore federal funding to UNPFA.