Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Roy of Kerrville introduced legislation to defund the World Health Organization, as many are concerned about China’s influence over the organization.

H.R. 343, titled “No Taxpayer Funding for the World Health Organization,” would prohibit the United States from providing the WHO with assessed or voluntary funds.

The U.S. has been one of the WHO’s largest donors for many years, and invested approximately $700 million in 2020-2021. In December 2021, the U.S. announced it would make an additional contribution of $280 million to help end COVID-19 and strengthen public health systems.

“Funneling millions of taxpayer dollars to the corrupt World Health Organization that serves the Chinese Communist Party is a slap in the face to hardworking American families struggling under record high inflation, and to all those whose lives and livelihoods were ruined and destroyed by the COVID pandemic,” Roy said.

While the organization’s close ties to the CCP is a huge factor that led to the new legislation, Roy also bashed the WHO’s repeated support for “safe abortion services” around the globe and their repeated urge for people to go “beyond the binary,” claiming that “sex is not limited to female and male.”

“The WHO not only regularly promotes abortion and radical gender ideology but also praised China for their ‘leadership’ at the beginning of COVID-19 and has done nothing to hold the CCP accountable for the spread of COVID-19,” added Roy. “It is far past time for Congress to use its power of the purse to cut off US funding to this corrupt international body just like the Trump Administration did.”

Last year, the WHO demanded pro-life nations allow abortion under all circumstances, roll out “pills by post” schemes so women can be sent abortifacients after a phone call, and diminish medical professionals’ conscience protections to refuse to administer abortions. The WHO also deemed abortion services essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although funding to the WHO was halted under former President Donald Trump due to the organization’s mishandling of the pandemic, the Biden administration reinstated the funding.

Concerned citizens can contact their U.S. representatives to register their opinion on the WHO.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.