As the Chinese government continues to forcibly sterilize citizens and kill pre-born babies—particularly those of a minority religious and ethnic group—U.S. Rep. Chip Roy wants American dollars to have no part in funding the abhorrent practice.

Roy, who represents the Central Texas area, recently introduced the “No Taxpayer Funding for the United Nations Population Fund Act.”

“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 include forced abortions and sterilizations,” read a press release from Roy’s office.

In 2019, U.N. officials took more than $624,000 from the Population Fund and spent it in China on vaguely defined “integrated sexual and reproductive health services.”

Then, according to a report from the Jamestown Foundation, the Chinese central government spent money toward almost 200,000 sterilizations in Xinjiang, particularly targeting women of the minority Uighur group.

“The [U.N. Population Fund] should not be partnering on ‘family planning’ efforts with a government that brutally employs sterilization and abortion to commit genocide against a minority group,” wrote The Federalist.

“Throughout Xinjiang, hundreds of thousands of Uighur women are forced to accept intrauterine devices and undergo sterilizations and even abortions.”

Mounting evidence of the Chinese government’s widespread “program” in Xinjiang also led former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to determine they were committing an ongoing genocide in the region.

U.S. presidents have the legal discretion to withhold funds from “organizations or programs that, as determined by the President, support or participate in a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization,” according to the 1985 Kemp-Kasten Amendment. Since then, in 18 of the past 36 years, presidents have withheld cash from the U.N. Population Fund—and all of those decisions were based on the U.N.’s partnership with the Chinese government.

President Donald Trump was the latest to cut off the flow of tax dollars toward the genocidal program, but President Joe Biden has already signed an executive order to start funding it again.

“Former President Trump was right to stop funding the U.N. Population Fund due to their open partnership with the oppressive Chinese regime and their support for China’s atrocious human rights violations. This legislation will continue that policy,” said Congressman Roy.

“Apparently, the Biden administration has no qualms with sending hard-earned American tax dollars to organizations that promote, perhaps even impose, coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization,” said Peter Pinedo of nonprofit Texas Right to Life.

China is the world’s foremost executor of forced abortions and sterilizations, brutal tactics chiefly used in their infamous “One-Child Policy.” That program, which lasted 1979-2015, was responsible for terminating more than 400 million babies, according to Chinese state media.

“The [U.N. Population Fund] has long been complicit in the Chinese government’s coercive birth limitation policies, including forced abortions,” wrote pro-life nonprofit Susan B. Anthony List. “Polling from this year shows that a strong majority of Americans don’t want their taxpayer dollars funding abortion overseas. This legislation is urgently needed to disentangle American taxpayers from such egregious violations of human rights.”

More than 50 fellow U.S. congressmen have already signed on as co-sponsors to Roy’s proposed law. Concerned citizens may contact their U.S. representatives.

Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and in 2017 earned a double major in public relations and piano performance.


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